featherweight

noun feath·er·weight \ ˈfe-t͟hər-ˌwāt \
|Updated on: 23 Jul 2018

Definition of featherweight

1 : one that is very light in weight; especially : a boxer in a weight division having a maximum limit of 126 pounds for professionals and 125 pounds for amateurs — compare bantamweight, lightweight
2 : lightweight 2

featherweight

adjective

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First Known Use of featherweight

1812

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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FEATHERWEIGHT Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of featherweight for English Language Learners

  • : someone or something that weighs very little; especially : a boxer who weighs more than 118 pounds (53.5 kilograms) but less than 126 pounds (57 kilograms)


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