Definition of lightweight in English:


Syllabification: light·weight
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).
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    • 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.
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    • 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.
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    • 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
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    • 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


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  • 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; summery

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