carrying light weapons: light-armed troops.

Origin of light-armed

First recorded in 1610–20 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for light-armed

Historical Examples of light-armed

  • Such questions might have been put to you by a light-armed mercenary, who argued for pay.

  • A light-armed vessel of the 17th century, used by the Dutch for privateering.

    The Sailor's Word-Book

    William Henry Smyth

  • But the rest, who form the light-armed troops, carry a metal cudgel.

    The City of the Sun

    Tommaso Campanella

  • For when the light-armed troops approached, The Achaeans defeated.

  • But the advantage of the light-armed fighters was only momentary.

    Darkness and Dawn

    Frederic W. Farrar