1. to a small degree or extent (Freq. 26)

his arguments were somewhat self-contradictory


the children argued because one slice of cake was slightly larger than the other

Syn: ↑somewhat, ↑more or less
2. in a slim or slender manner

a slenderly built woman


slightly built

Syn: ↑slenderly, ↑slimly
Derived from adjective: ↑slight, ↑slim (for: ↑slimly), ↑slender (for: ↑slenderly)

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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