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featherweight

[ feth-er-weyt ]
/ ˈfɛð ərˌweɪt /
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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.

RELATED WORDS

agile, slight, buoyant, fluffy, loose, slender, delicate, easy, lightweight, small, airy, thin, fragile, slim, lean, meager, gaunt, skinny, narrow, trivial

Nearby words

featherhead, feathering, featherlight, feathers, featherstitch, featherweight, feathery, featly, feature, feature story, 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))
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper