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." "She, as a veil down to the slender waist, Her unadorned golden tresses wore." (Milton)
2. Weak; feeble; not strong; slight; as, slender hope; a slender constitution. "Mighty hearts are held in slender chains." (Pope) "They have inferred much from slender premises." (J. H. Newman) "The slender utterance of the consonants." (J. Byrne)
Origin: OE. Slendre, sclendre, fr. OD. Slinder thin, slender, perhaps through a French form; cf. OD. Slinderen, slidderen, to creep; perh. Akin to E. Slide.
(01 Mar 1998)
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