[ lahyt-lee ]
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  1. with little weight, force, intensity, etc.; gently: to press lightly on a door bell.

  2. to only a small amount or degree; slightly: lightly fried eggs.

  1. nimbly; quickly: to leap lightly aside.

  2. with a lack of concern; indifferently; slightly: to think lightly of one's achievements.

  3. cheerfully; without complaining: to take bad news lightly.

  4. without due consideration or reason (often used negatively): an offer not to be refused lightly.

  5. without trouble or effort; easily: Lightly come, lightly go.

  6. frivolously; flippantly: to behave lightly.

  7. airily; buoyantly: flags floating lightly.

Origin of lightly

First recorded before 900; Middle English lightli, Old English lēohtlīce; see light2, -ly

Words Nearby lightly Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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see get off (lightly); once over lightly.

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