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middleweight

[ mid-l-weyt ]

noun

  1. a boxer or other contestant intermediate in weight between a welterweight and a light heavyweight, especially a professional boxer weighing up to 160 pounds (72.5 kilograms).


adjective

  1. Boxing. of or relating to middleweights:

    the middleweight division.

  2. (of a horse, especially a hunter) able to carry up to 185 pounds (83.9 kilograms).

middleweight

/ ˈmɪdəlˌweɪt /

noun

    1. a professional boxer weighing 154–160 pounds (70–72.5 kg)
    2. an amateur boxer weighing 71–75 kg (157–165 pounds)
    3. ( as modifier )

      a middleweight contest

  1. a wrestler in a similar weight category (usually 172–192 pounds (78–87 kg))


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Word History and Origins

Origin of middleweight1

First recorded in 1870–75; middle + weight
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Example Sentences

Then, in surprising findings in the early 2010s, Auger Observatory scientists inferred from the shapes of the air showers that ultrahigh-energy rays are mostly middleweight nuclei, such as carbon, nitrogen and silicon.

And for another fifteen years he had been the guiding brain to a fine Middleweight.

Hickey was in the heavy middleweight class while he was still a bantam.

He looked like Pollyanna, after eight or ten shots at the middleweight title.

The middleweight thought that it was a joke on him, and was careful not to hit hard.

And he knocked out the second middleweight, and the third middleweight.

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