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 kg).


Boxing. of or relating to middleweights: the middleweight division.
(of a horse, especially a hunter) able to carry up to 185 pounds (83.9 kg).

Origin of middleweight

First recorded in 1870–75; middle + weight
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Examples from the Web for middleweight

Historical Examples of middleweight

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

    Occasion for Disaster

    Gordon Randall Garrett

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

    Famous Flyers

    David Goodger (goodger@python.org)

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

    Famous Flyers

    David Goodger (goodger@python.org)

  • Montoya was built like a middleweight fighter, and his white uniform was spotless.

    The Flaming Mountain

    Harold Leland Goodwin

  • But he was good enough to do all manner of things to dozens of fairly good men in the rank and file of the middleweight army.

British Dictionary definitions for middleweight



  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
a wrestler in a similar weight category (usually 172–192 pounds (78–87 kg))
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Word Origin and History for middleweight

also middle weight, 1842, from middle + weight.

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