light·ly adverb \ˈlīt-lē\
: with little weight or force
: without care or concern : in a way that is not serious
: in a quick and graceful way
: in a light manner: as
a : with little weight or force : gently
b : with indifference or carelessness : unconcernedly <the problem should not be passed over lightly — Shelly Halpern>
c : with little difficulty : easily
d : gaily, cheerfully
e : in an agile manner : nimbly, swiftly <the cat leapt lightly onto the table>
f : in a small degree or amount <lightly salted food>
Examples of LIGHTLY
- He talks lightly about the problems he's been having at work.
- She moved lightly across the room.
- These vegetables can be eaten either raw or lightly cooked.
- Our troops were armed too lightly to take on the heavily armed invaders.
- Considering the harm he did, he's gotten off lightly with only a warning.
- The judge let her off lightly with a short sentence.
First Known Use of LIGHTLY
before 12th century
Related to LIGHTLY
- easy, effortlessly, facilely, fluently, freely, handily, hands down, easily, painlessly, readily, smoothly, well
- arduously, hardly, laboriously, strenuously
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