(?), a. [Compar. Slenderer (?); superl. Slenderest.] [OE. slendre, sclendre, fr. OD. slinder thin, slender, perhaps through a French form; cf. OD. slinderen, slidderen, to creep; perh. akin to E. slide.] 1. Small or narrow in proportion to the length or the height; not thick; slim; as, a slender stem or stalk of a plant. "A slender, choleric man." Chaucer.
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She, as a veil down to the slender waist,
Her unadorned golden tresses wore.
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2. Weak; feeble; not strong; slight; as, slender hope; a slender constitution.
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Mighty hearts are held in slender chains.
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They have inferred much from slender premises.
J. H. Newman.
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The slender utterance of the consonants.
J. Byrne.
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3. Moderate; trivial; inconsiderable; slight; as, a man of slender intelligence.
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A slender degree of patience will enable him to enjoy both the humor and the pathos.
Sir W. Scott.
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4. Small; inadequate; meager; pitiful; as, slender means of support; a slender pittance.
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Frequent begging makes slender alms.
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5. Spare; abstemious; frugal; as, a slender diet.
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The good Ostorius often deigned
To grace my slender table with his presence.
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6. (Phon.) Uttered with a thin tone; -- the opposite of broad; as, the slender vowels long e and i.
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-- Slen"der*ly, adv. -- Slen"der*ness, n.
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