hun·​dred·​weight | \ ˈhən-drəd-ˌwāt How to pronounce hundredweight (audio) , -dərd-ˌwāt \
plural hundredweight or hundredweights

Definition of hundredweight

1 : a unit of weight equal to 100 pounds

called also short hundredweight

— see Weights and Measures Table
2 British : a unit of weight equal to 112 pounds

called also long hundredweight

Examples of hundredweight in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But the best repository for the history of the Revolution was the Hoover Institution, which was always inviting me to come and do some more work there, and sending photocopies of materials by the hundredweight. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, WSJ, 1 Oct. 2020 Revenue per hundredweight, a measure of pricing strength, rose 2.3% in August from the previous year, excluding fuel surcharges. Jennifer Smith, WSJ, 3 Sep. 2020 Front-month rough rice futures on the CME traded as high as 23.565 cents per hundredweight Friday before giving up some of that gain in recent sessions. Kirk Maltais, WSJ, 10 June 2020 In the 2019 legislative session, Gov. Larry Hogan devoted $1.5 million to cover one year’s worth of premiums for farmers that wanted to buy into the program at the highest level — $9.50 per hundredweight of milk, according to Connelly. Mary Grace Keller,, 1 Oct. 2019 Other payments were $8 per head for hogs and 12 cents per hundredweight for milk. Washington Post, 3 July 2019 Prices of beef cuts have also been falling, with select beef cutout dropping 4% over the same period to $213.29 per hundredweight, according to data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. ... Kirk Maltais, WSJ, 7 May 2019 Since Mexico imposed its tariffs, Agri-Mark has cuts its forecast to $17 a hundredweight. Heather Haddon, WSJ, 5 July 2018 While results vary, Lely typically sees a total reduction in operating cost and cost of production of $1 to $1.50 per hundredweight, which is considerable considering the low price of milk paid to dairymen now, Paetz said. Sharon Fisher, The Seattle Times, 27 May 2018

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First Known Use of hundredweight

1577, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Hundredweight.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of hundredweight

: a unit of weight equal to 100 pounds in the U.S. or to 112 pounds in the U.K.

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