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lightweight

noun light·weight \ ˈlīt-ˌwāt \
Updated on: 5 Dec 2017

Definition of lightweight

1 : one of less than average weight; specifically : a boxer in a weight division having a maximum limit of 135 pounds for professionals and 132 pounds for amateurs — compare featherweight, welterweight
2 : one of little consequence or ability
  • a political lightweight

Examples of lightweight in a Sentence

  1. The members of his staff were considered lightweights.

  2. among astronomers she's considered a lightweight

Recent Examples of lightweight from the Web

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First Known Use of lightweight

1773


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lightweight

adjective

Definition of lightweight

1 : lacking in earnestness, ability, or profundity : inconsequential
  • a lightweight painter
  • a lightweight TV series
2 : having less than average weight
  • lightweight fabrics
3 : of, relating to, or characteristic of a lightweight
  • the lightweight championship

Examples of lightweight in a Sentence

  1. it's going to be hot, so wear mostly lightweight clothing

Recent Examples of lightweight from the Web

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First Known Use of lightweight

1809


LIGHTWEIGHT Defined for English Language Learners

lightweight

noun

Definition of lightweight for English Language Learners

  • : a fighter who is in a class of boxers weighing from 125 to 132 pounds (57 to 60 kilograms)

  • : someone or something that does not weigh as much as others

  • : someone or something that has little importance or power


LIGHTWEIGHT Defined for Kids

lightweight

adjective light·weight \ ˈlīt-ˌwāt \

Definition of lightweight for Students

: having less than the usual or expected weight


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