Definition for SLEN'DER

SLEN'DER, a. [Old D. slinder. This word is probably formed on the root of lean, Teutonic klein.]

  1. Thin; small in circumference compared with the length; not thick; as, a slender stem or stalk of a plant.
  2. Small in the waist; not thick or gross. A slender waist is considered as a beauty.
  3. Not strong; small; slight. Mighty hearts are held in slender chains. – Pope.
  4. Weak; feeble; as, slender hope; slender probabilities; a slender constitution.
  5. Small; inconsiderable; as, a man of slender parts.
  6. Small; inadequate; as, slender means of support; a slender pittance. – Shak.
  7. Not amply supplied. The good Ostorius often deign'd / To grace my slender table. – Philips.
  8. Spare abstemious; as, a slender diet. – Arbuthnot.

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