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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)
3. Moderate; trivial; inconsiderable; slight; as, a man of slender intelligence. A slender degree of patience will enable him to enjoy both the humor and the pathos. (Sir W. Scott)
4. Small; inadequate; meager; pitiful; as, slender means of support; a slender pittance. Frequent begging makes slender alms. (Fuller)
5. Spare; abstemious; frugal; as, a slender diet. The good Ostorius often deigned To grace my slender table with his presence. (philips)
6. Uttered with a thin tone; the opposite of broad; as, the slender vowels long e and i. Slenderly, Slenderness.
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.

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