lightweight

[ lahyt-weyt ]
/ ˈlaɪtˌweɪt /

adjective

noun


Nearby words

  1. lightsaber,
  2. lightship,
  3. lightsome,
  4. lightsomely,
  5. lighttight,
  6. lightwood,
  7. lign-,
  8. lignaloes,
  9. ligne,
  10. ligneous

Origin of lightweight

First recorded in 1765–75; light2 + weight

Related formsul·tra·light·weight, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for lightweight

lightweight

/ (ˈlaɪtˌweɪt) /

adjective

of a relatively light weight
not serious; trivial

noun

a person or animal of a relatively light weight
  1. a professional boxer weighing 130–135 pounds (59–61 kg)
  2. an amateur boxer weighing 57–60 kg (126–132 pounds)
  3. (as modifier)the lightweight contender
a wrestler in a similar weight category (usually 115–126 pounds (52–57 kg))
informal a person of little importance or influence
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Word Origin and History for lightweight

lightweight

adj.

also light-weight, 1773 in horse-racing, also in pugilism; from light (adj.1) + weight. Figurative sense of "inconsequential" first attested 1809.

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