Help I’m drawing a blank! Looking for a word that describes a person as having a small build and also fits into the sentence “she was a _______ of a woman

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    Probably "a slip of a woman" - an outdated expression, which might not pass muster with the political correctness tsar. – WS2 Jun 17 '19 at 21:18
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    @WS2 - How so? Someone can be a slip of a boy. – aparente001 Jun 18 '19 at 5:29
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    You might want to add to your question that none of the surrounding text of your example sentence can be altered in order to accommodate the word. (At least it seems to me that's why both small and petite don't fit. If that's not why you've rejected them, then you need to explain what's wrong with them.) – Jason Bassford Jun 18 '19 at 14:32

Oh yes, I believe you are looking for "wisp" as in, "a wisp of a girl", or in the case of your sentence, woman.

Merriam-Webster's definition here.

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As in:

“she was a dainty woman”

  1. Delicately beautiful or charming and usually small:
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