featherweight

[ feth-er-weyt ]
/ ˈfɛð ərˌweɪt /

noun

a boxer or other contestant intermediate in weight between a bantamweight and a lightweight, especially a professional boxer weighing up to 126 pounds (57 kg).
an insignificant person or thing: He thinks he's a major composer, but he's just a featherweight.

adjective

belonging to the class of featherweights, especially in boxing.
extremely light in weight: a featherweight quilt.
unimportant; trifling; slight.

Nearby words

  1. featherhead,
  2. feathering,
  3. featherlight,
  4. feathers,
  5. featherstitch,
  6. feathery,
  7. featly,
  8. feature,
  9. feature story,
  10. feature-length

Origin of featherweight

First recorded in 1805–15; feather + weight

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British Dictionary definitions for featherweight

featherweight

/ (ˈfɛðəˌweɪt) /

noun

  1. something very light or of little importance
  2. (as modifier)featherweight considerations
  1. a professional boxer weighing 118–126 pounds (53.5–57 kg)
  2. an amateur boxer weighing 54–57 kg (119–126 pounds)
  3. (as modifier)the featherweight challenger
a wrestler in a similar weight category (usually 126–139 pounds (57–63 kg))
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Word Origin and History for featherweight

featherweight

also feather-weight, the lightest allowable, 1812 (earlier as simply feather, 1760), from feather (n.) + weight. Originally in horse-racing; boxing use dates from 1889.

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