lightweight

noun
light·​weight | \ ˈlīt-ˌwāt How to pronounce lightweight (audio) \
plural lightweights

Definition of lightweight

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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
3 : a person who becomes inebriated after consuming relatively small amounts of alcohol or drugs Even at 6 foot 5 inches tall, Dean was a lightweight, and he sounded to be two drinks in, Johnson said.— Kate Sosin

lightweight

adjective

Definition of lightweight (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Examples of lightweight in a Sentence

Noun

The members of his staff were considered lightweights. among astronomers she's considered a lightweight

Adjective

it's going to be hot, so wear mostly lightweight clothing
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The Tigers have dealt with talk of how the ACC pales in comparison to the SEC and have proven the conference is no lightweight after winning two national titles during the past three years. Chaunte'l Powell, orlandosentinel.com, "2019 College Football Rankings: No. 2 Clemson pushes for return to playoff title game," 22 Aug. 2019 Most pot drinks are aimed either at serious, all-day stoners, with 100 milligrams of THC per bottle, or at entry-level lightweights, with 2.5 milligrams of THC per bottle. Amanda Chicago Lewis, The Verge, "Big Alcohol is pouring," 30 July 2019 Hernandez, who at 26 years old is the youngest of the UFC’s top 15 lightweights, was the lone San Antonio native on the card as UFC returned to the city for the first time since June 28, 2014. Greg Luca, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio native Alexander Hernandez earns decision win to highlight UFC Fight Night," 21 July 2019 Having turned pro as a 106-pound lightweight at 16, Pacquiao, now 40, has steadily bulked up while winning an unprecedented 12 titles in eight weight divisions. Josh Peter, USA TODAY, "Breakfast of champions: How Manny Pacquiao pigs out before fight with Keith Thurman," 18 July 2019 His pick for finance minister, Nirmala Sitharaman, is a political lightweight who showed no liberalizing instincts during a previous stint as commerce minister. Sadanand Dhume, WSJ, "Can Modi Translate His Election Mandate Into Real Reform?," 13 June 2019 Lomachenko is a smallish lightweight, so the chances Lopez could get badly hurt are minimal. Chris Mannix, SI.com, "12 Rounds: Manny Pacquiao's Next Fight, Mayweather's Retirement and More," 22 July 2019 The trend is toward lightweight, kink-resistant hoses that are designed to address these common complaints. Bradley Ford, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Garden Hoses for More Than Just Your Garden," 16 July 2019 Today the tents are made of canvas or a lightweight, UV-resistant polymer fabric, and are being used as rustic guest bedrooms and children’s play spaces, says owner Laurie Womer. Amy Gamerman, WSJ, "Pop-Up Tents No S’more: Glamping Is the New Backyard Camping," 11 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The outer material is made from Outdoor Voices' LightSpeed fabric, which is lightweight, matte and feels like standard sweat-wicking material -- similar to the fabric used in many styles of running shorts. Noelle Ike, CNN Underscored, "This exercise dress from Outdoor Voices is equal parts practical and flattering," 9 Sep. 2019 Customers say they’re incredibly soft, stretchy, lightweight, and can be worn around the house during any time of year. Christina Butan, PEOPLE.com, "Amazon Shoppers Can’t Stop Raving About How Comfy These Cute, Under-$20 Lounge Pants Are," 30 Aug. 2019 Political insiders often dismissed Blanco as a lightweight — honest and hardworking but lacking in substance as a serious gubernatorial contender. Melinda Deslatte, chicagotribune.com, "Kathleen Blanco, Louisiana’s governor during Hurricane Katrina, dies at 76," 18 Aug. 2019 Political insiders often dismissed Blanco as a lightweight — honest and hardworking but lacking in substance as a serious gubernatorial contender. NBC News, "Kathleen Blanco, Louisiana governor during Katrina, dies at 76," 18 Aug. 2019 Political insiders often dismissed Blanco as a lightweight — honest and hardworking but lacking in substance as a serious gubernatorial contender. Melinda Deslatte, Houston Chronicle, "Kathleen Blanco, Louisiana's governor during Katrina, dies," 18 Aug. 2019 These cubes nest into the floor, a bit like Legos, and are made from lightweight, weather-resistant plastic. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Why this vintage-style camper is the future of travel trailers," 14 Aug. 2019 Its microkernel architecture is lightweight and, more important, free of any legacy baggage from the Linux kernel that underpins Android. Garrett M. Graff, WIRED, "Huawei's HarmonyOS Is No Android Replacement," 9 Aug. 2019 Cellphones are easy, portable, lightweight, inconspicuous. Natalie B. Compton, The Know, "Photographers spill their tips for capturing the best shots while traveling," 6 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of lightweight

Noun

1773, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1809, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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lightweight

noun

English Language Learners Definition of lightweight

: 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

adjective
light·​weight | \ ˈlīt-ˌwāt How to pronounce lightweight (audio) \

Kids Definition of lightweight

: having less than the usual or expected weight

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