- something put in a scale to complete a required weight.
- anything added to supply a lack.
Origin of makeweight
Related Words for makeweightaccompaniment, consummation, rest, supplement, enhancement, total, completion, capacity, entirety, totality, quota, augmentation, aggregate, remainder, correlate, counterpart, addition, correlative, balance, enrichment
Examples from the Web for makeweight
Historical Examples of makeweight
"I'll throw in two for makeweight," said the woman with her good-natured look.A Little Princess
Frances Hodgson Burnett
They are men of prudence, and persuade E. to go with them, as a makeweight.Some Private Views
Into scales of doubt, equally balanced, he should be ready to throw his lyre, as a makeweight.
They will all wish to make of us a makeweight candle, when they are making out their pounds.
It didn't really matter; his respectability seemed more than a makeweight for slighted syntax.A Likely Story
William De Morgan
- something put on a scale to make up a required weight
- an unimportant person or thing added to make up a lack