slight
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slight(
slayt
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (of small degree or amount)
a. ligero
There's a slight difference between these two socks, but I don't think it matters.Hay una diferencia ligera entre estos dos calcetines, pero creo que da lo mismo.
b. pequeño
We've had a slight increase in sales this month.Hemos tenido un aumento pequeño en las ventas este mes.
c. leve
I have a slight pain in my neck.Tengo un dolor leve en el cuello.
d. escaso (hopes)
The hopes of finding your needle in that haystack are slight.Las esperanzas de encontrar tu aguja en ese pajar son escasas.
2. (of small build)
a. delgado
I'm quite slight; even that size 2 jacket is too big for me.Soy bastante delgado; incluso esa chaqueta de talla 2 me queda grande.
b. menudo
She was a girl of slight build and delicate features.Era un chica de constitución menuda y rasgos delicados.
3. (of little significance)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
His latest was a slight work that sold few copies.Su más reciente fue una obra de poca envergadura que vendió pocos ejemplares.
It was all a bunch of hype; the symphony turned out to be a slight work.Fue mucho ruido y pocas nueces; la sinfonía resultó ser una obra de poca monta.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
4. (affront)
a. el desaire
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
She refused to show how insulted she was by the slight.Se negó a mostrar cuanto la había ofendido el desaire.
b. el desprecio
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The new bill entails a slight on young people.El nuevo proyecto de ley entraña un desprecio de los jóvenes.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
5. (to insult)
a. desairar (person)
She felt that she had been slighted, but I don't recall saying anything offensive.Se sintió desairada, pero yo no recuerdo haber dicho nada ofensivo.
b. hacerle un desaire a (person)
How dare you slight my daughter with such remarks?¿Cómo se atreve a hacerle un desaire a mi hija con semejantes comentarios?
c. menospreciar (work or effort)
The article slighted his novel for its overuse of clichés.El artículo menospreciaba su novela por el uso excesivo de clichés.
d. despreciar (work or effort)
My boss only slighted my proposal, calling it impractical.Mi jefe se limitó a despreciar mi propuesta, diciendo que era poco práctica.
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slight
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (affront)
a. el desaire
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
2. (small, unimportant)
a. ligero(a), pequeño(a)
not the slightest danger/interestni el más mínimo peligro/interés
not in the slightesten lo más mínimo
3. (person)
a. menudo(a)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
4. (general)
a. desairar
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slight [slaɪt]
adjective
slighter (comparative)slightest (superlative)
1 (small, minor) [+difference, change, increase, improvement] ligero; pequeño; [+injury, problem, exaggeration] pequeño; [+accent, movement] ligero; [+breeze] suave; [+smile, pain] leve
after a slight hesitation, he agreed después de vacilar ligeramente, accedió; the chances of him winning are very slight tiene muy pocas posibilidades de ganar
the wall is at a slight angle la pared está ligeramente inclinada
to have a slight cold tener un pequeño resfriado; estar un poco resfriado
to walk with a slight limp cojear ligeramente
there was a slight [smell] of damp
to have a slight temperature tener un poco de fiebre
a slight pain in the arm ...a slight rise in inflation a slight improvement "Not at the moment," she said after a slight hesitation
the slightest: it doesn't make the slightest bit of difference no importa en lo más mínimo
without the slightest hesitation sin dudarlo ni un momento
she agreed without the slightest [hint] of disappointment
I haven't the slightest idea no tengo ni la más remota idea
not in the slightest en absoluto
nobody showed the slightest interest nadie mostró el menor interés
there's not the slightest [possibility] of that
he takes offence at the slightest thing se ofende por la menor cosa or por cualquier nimiedad
I wasn't the slightest bit interested "does it make any difference?" - "no, not in the slightest" "Do you mind?" - `Not in the slightest." My tennis hadn't improved in the slightest... Your father's not suffering in the slightest
2 (slim) [+figure, person] delgado; menudo
to be of slight build ser de constitución delgada or menuda
3 (insignificant) [+book, piece of music] de poca envergadura
a book of very slight scholarship un libro de poca erudición
noun
desaire (m)
this is a slight on all of us es un desaire para todos nosotros
this is a slight on British athletics
transitive verb
[+person] desairar a; hacer un desaire a; [+work, efforts] menospreciar; despreciar
she slights his work at every opportunity it was a big sacrifice for her to help him out on this, but all her efforts have been slighted
he felt that he had been slighted sintió que le habían desairado; sintió que le habían hecho un desaire
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