lightly

[ lahyt-lee ]
/ ˈlaɪt li /

adverb

Origin of lightly

before 900; Middle English lightli, Old English lēohtlīce. See light2, -ly
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Word Origin and History for lightly

lightly


adv.

Old English leohtlice "so as not to be heavy" (of material things, but also of sleep, blows, etc.); cognate with Old Frisian lichtelik, Old High German lihtlihho, German leichtlich, Old Norse lettlega (see light (adj.1)). Meaning "frivolously, indifferently" is from early 13c.

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Idioms and Phrases with lightly

lightly


see get off (lightly); once over lightly.

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