For example : "She looks super slightly similar." would mean she looks a really small bit similar. From a french background, we allow ourselves to combine certain superlatives in this way, but I cannot find anywhere with such usage in english.

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No. These Google Ngrams strongly suggest that 'super slightly' is non-idiomatic, with which indication I'd agree. We'd use

She looks ever-so-slightly taller.

[Hyphens optional IMO] [and I've switched to the 'taller' example]

(57 000 Google hits for "ever so slightly taller"; 7 dubious hits for "super slightly taller")

From ODO

ever so (phrase)


‘I am ever so grateful’)

[no hyphens when used predicatively]

And an adverb-modifying example from Collins:

I saw him pause ever so slightly.

  • We also use very as in "very slightly taller".
    – AndyT
    Commented Sep 1, 2017 at 10:32

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