Definition of hundredweight in English:


(also cwt)


  • 1British A unit of weight equal to 112 lb avoirdupois (about 50.8 kg).

    • ‘Having not eaten bacon or burgers for years I now consume vegeburgers by the hundredweight.’
    • ‘It weighs about a hundredweight and it took two of us to get it back into place after it had been repaired.’
    • ‘Her dad may have owned the business, she says, but he still carried hundredweights of coal on his back.’
    • ‘The beekeeper added: ‘We know that 500,000 bees weigh about one hundredweight.’’
    • ‘I remember once having to help carry a three hundredweight bag of wheat.’
    • ‘This massive stone is approximately six feet in length and weight at least five hundredweight.’
    • ‘Ours weighed half a hundredweight with all the food and camping kit we had to carry with us.’
    • ‘The only exciting thing that happened all day was when the top came off the scaffolding tower, unbalanced by about a hundredweight of slate which had been injudiciously stacked all on the same side of its centre of gravity.’
    • ‘Four hundredweight in a one-horse cart was low in comparison with the weights carried by scheduled carriers but it is a plausible average to use for traffic on the rural roads of Cheshire.’
    • ‘Allowance must even be made for the fact that the journey alone will knock a hundredweight off a horse.’
    • ‘The staff are longing to sell the two hundredweight bags of sawdust that make up most of the stock, but the browsers go straight past those to stick their fingers in the reptile cage.’
    • ‘"I remember once having to help carry a three hundredweight bag of wheat.’
    • ‘With approximately 10 larks to the pound, three hundredweight would account for about 3360 birds being killed each day.’
    • ‘This movement was transmitted to cranks on the rear wheel by connecting rods; the machine weighed almost exactly half a hundredweight and the physical effort required to ride it must have been considerable.’
    • ‘I guess that, since 1954, I have smoked more than a million cigarettes, at least 20,000 cigars, and perhaps a hundredweight of pipe tobacco.’
    • ‘Its crime, as the documentary points out, was that from first song to last, it got through three and a half hundredweight of black paint.’
    • ‘He had just unloaded his prize specimens for a quarter of that - and, in the village, had given away half a hundredweight to anyone who would have them.’
    • ‘Frank is pictured with a hundredweight of butter - or 224 packs - and that represents the weight he has shed in 12 months.’
  • 2US A unit of weight equal to 100 lb (about 45.4 kg).

    • ‘As a harsh winter lingered, blocking the trade routes to the territory, prices rose steadily and eventually reached a hundred dollars for a hundredweight of flour.’
    • ‘There's been years when the price differential is $8 or $10 a hundredweight.’
    • ‘He said the going rate for milk before the premium is about $15.21 a hundredweight.’
    • ‘For example, a dairy cooperative could have its financial data compared on a hundredweight basis.’
    • ‘The castings produced by them can vary in weight from ounces up to several hundredweights.’
  • 3A unit of weight equal to 50 kg.

    • ‘Whether a metric hundredweight of wheat is exchanged for a gramme or a kilogramme of gold does not in the least depend upon conditions inherent in that wheat or gold.’
    • ‘The St. Peter's bell, 24 tons in weight and with a clapper which alone weighs 16 metric hundredweight, is the largest swinging bell in the world.’
    • ‘The letter described a celebration in a parish district where a calf of 3 metric hundredweight was roasted.’
    • ‘Even so, there are still possible confusions to the unwary as one can have long hundredweight, short hundredweight, metric hundredweight, and short tons.’