lightly

adverb light·ly \ ˈlīt-lē \
Updated on: 12 Dec 2017

Definition of lightly

: in a light manner: such 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
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 in a Sentence

  1. He talks lightly about the problems he's been having at work.

  2. She moved lightly across the room.

  3. These vegetables can be eaten either raw or lightly cooked.

  4. Our troops were armed too lightly to take on the heavily armed invaders.

  5. Considering the harm he did, he's gotten off lightly with only a warning.

  6. The judge let her off lightly with a short sentence.

Recent Examples of lightly from the Web

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First Known Use of lightly

before 12th century



LIGHTLY Defined for English Language Learners

lightly

adverb

Definition of lightly for English Language Learners

  • : with little weight or force

  • : without care or concern : in a way that is not serious

  • : in a quick and graceful way



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