Definition of lightweight in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈlītˌwāt/


1A weight in boxing and other sports intermediate between featherweight and welterweight. In the amateur boxing scale it ranges from 125 to 132 pounds (57 to 60 kg).
Example sentences
  • Henry Armstrong held world titles at featherweight, lightweight and welterweight simultaneously and won 150 fights.
  • The merciless street-fighter known as the ‘fists of stone’ went on to win world titles at lightweight, welterweight and light middleweight.
  • The Worlds allow one entrant per division per country, while the World Games are one men's lightweight, middleweight and heavyweight per continent.
1.1A lightweight boxer or other competitor.
Example sentences
  • Now I have some great, great fighters coming up, a couple of good middleweights, a couple lightweights, I have some terrific young ladies that are coming up in the amateurs.
  • He will be ready to test himself tomorrow against one of the best lightweights in the world.
  • With all that said, there's no feasible argument that can detract Floyd Mayweather as the undisputed champion of the lightweights.
2A person or thing that is lightly built or constructed.
Example sentences
  • No matter how lightweight you may be, little girl, there's absolutely nothing this gust of wind could do to you other than knock you to the ground!
  • Their fleece socks range from lightweight, warm-weather styles to heavy-duty socks designed for really cold days in the field.
  • They would need to be lightweight too - the weight of that much steel cable would be immense.
2.1A person of little importance or influence, especially in a particular sphere: he was regarded as a political lightweight
More example sentences
  • Suggesting that Cameron was a political lightweight, Davis's allies insisted that their man ‘can actually put some meat on the bones’.
  • Despite his victory in South Carolina, presidential candidate George W Bush is still something of a political lightweight.
  • Despite his seemingly insurmountable hurdles, by most accounts he is considered a political lightweight.
amateur, second-rater, unimportant person, insignificant person, nobody, nonentity, no-name, small fry


1Of thin material or build and weighing less than average: a lightweight gray suit
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  • A rescue team engineer said the toll in the explosion could have been lower if the factory had been built using modern, lightweight materials instead of concrete.
  • Affixed to the bottom of the bodice, directly on the hips, was a thin, lightweight piece of material that barely reached my knees.
  • The advances in these two technologies have enabled TV makers to build thin, lightweight TV screens with a large picture area.
thin, light, flimsy, insubstantial;
2Containing little serious matter: the newspaper is lightweight and trivial
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  • Veterans like Voight, Keitel and Plummer are little more than a side salad, but they all help lend some weight and gravity to a lightweight, family-friendly lark.
trivial, insubstantial, superficial, shallow, unintellectual, undemanding, frivolous;
of little merit/value
informal Mickey Mouse

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Syllabification: light·weight

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