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[ban-tuh m-weyt]
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  1. a boxer or other contestant intermediate in weight between a flyweight and a featherweight, especially a professional boxer weighing up to 118 pounds.
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Origin of bantamweight

First recorded in 1880–85; bantam + weight
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Examples from the Web for bantamweight

Historical Examples

  • Pop couldn't be much more than a bantamweight, even with all his knives.

    The Night of the Long Knives

    Fritz Reuter Leiber

British Dictionary definitions for bantamweight


    1. a professional boxer weighing 112–118 pounds (51–53.5 kg)
    2. an amateur boxer weighing 51–54 kg (112–119 pounds)
    3. (as modifier)the bantamweight champion
  1. a wrestler in a similar weight category (usually 115–126 pounds (52–57 kg))
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