- light in weight.
- being lighter in weight, texture, etc., than another item or object of identical use, quality, or function: a lightweight topcoat; a lightweight alloy for ship construction.
- without seriousness of purpose; trivial or trifling: lightweight reading.
- of or relating to a lightweight: He's the new lightweight contender.
- (of a horse, especially a hunter) able to carry up to 165 pounds (75 kg).
Origin of lightweight
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He entered in the lightweight class in the Harvard Gymnasium, March 22, 1879.Theodore Roosevelt</p>
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- of a relatively light weight
- not serious; trivial
- a person or animal of a relatively light weight
- a professional boxer weighing 130–135 pounds (59–61 kg)
- an amateur boxer weighing 57–60 kg (126–132 pounds)
- (as modifier)the lightweight contender
- a wrestler in a similar weight category (usually 115–126 pounds (52–57 kg))
- informal a person of little importance or influence
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Word Origin and History for lightweight
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