Definition of lightweight in English:



  • 1[mass noun] A weight in boxing and other sports intermediate between featherweight and welterweight. In the amateur boxing scale it ranges from 57 to 60 kg.

    • ‘Nor did he wait until the undefeated Freitas moved up to lightweight.’
    • ‘America has won eight lightweight seven middleweight and eight heavyweight medals - 10 of which are gold.’
    • ‘Henry Armstrong held world titles at featherweight, lightweight and welterweight simultaneously and won 150 fights.’
    • ‘It wasn't as easy as predicted, but the Mexican lightweight backed up his words using quickness and ring savvy to punish and befuddle hometown hero, Gary Balletto.’
    • ‘The first two categories of Men's Open, lightweight and middleweight, are won by default.’
    • ‘The Worlds allow one entrant per division per country, while the World Games are one men's lightweight, middleweight and heavyweight per continent.’
    • ‘The merciless street-fighter known as the ‘fists of stone’ went on to win world titles at lightweight, welterweight and light middleweight.’
    • ‘I think Sanchez may have hit the wall at lightweight like Arguello did at junior welterweight.’
    1. 1.1[count noun]A lightweight boxer or other competitor.
      • ‘Ten wrestlers (three lightweights, four middleweights and three heavyweights) took to the dohyo with yours truly refereeing.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Two heavyweights will go the distance, while lightweights will knock each other down after only a few punches.’
      • ‘Well, basically, the people that know me know that the majority of my fights have been as a lightweight.’
      • ‘A victory over the undefeated Juan Diaz or a Juan Lazcano will certainly put Freitas back in the mix as one of the best lightweights.’
      • ‘With all that said, there's no feasible argument that can detract Floyd Mayweather as the undisputed champion of the lightweights.’
      • ‘He will be ready to test himself tomorrow against one of the best lightweights in the world.’
      • ‘The Bradford lightweight is due in front of the British Boxing Board of Control on August 11 when he is likely to be handed a lengthy ban over his comments surrounding the second Graham Earl fight.’
      • ‘Withdrawing a day before the start of racing means they will first compete as lightweights for 2004 at Athens.’
      • ‘The 21-year-old lightweight's first bout was against Simon Tobias of Woking.’
      • ‘Corrales is now the king of the lightweights and there is no reason to suspect that a second Freitas-Corrales fight would end any different.’
      • ‘As a lightweight, he carried a pretty solid wallop to go along with his uncanny ring generalship.’
      • ‘It's a measure of how far the young Bury Amateur Boxing Club lightweight has come over the past two weeks that he looked disappointed after losing to Cuban maestro Mario Kindelan.’
      • ‘In other weight divisions, lightweight Nick Yonezuka and middleweight Kenna Heffernan were both eliminated in the first round.’
      • ‘Only one boxer, Amir Khan, the young lightweight from Bolton, has earned a place in Athens by right.’
      • ‘For one thing he was up against guys who had had a leg blown off by a landmine or something, and so became lightweights instead of middleweights, but he probably would have lost anyway.’
      • ‘Sabo was heavily favored to dominate the lightweights in this competition.’
      • ‘The men's squad and the lightweights competed at the second World Cup in Lucerne and took away a gold in the lightweight men's four and bronze in the men's eight.’
  • 2A person or thing that is lightly built or constructed.

    • ‘Their fleece socks range from lightweight, warm-weather styles to heavy-duty socks designed for really cold days in the field.’
    • ‘Although Flash produces impressive graphics, it is only 350 kilobytes in size - lightweight enough to be downloaded in 30 seconds on a slow dial-up link.’
    • ‘With their limited lifting capacity and unreliable engines, airplanes could best be employed in carrying lightweight, high-value cargo.’
    • ‘They would need to be lightweight too - the weight of that much steel cable would be immense.’
    • ‘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!’
    • ‘The kittens are no lightweights either, being about 5kg in weight by the time they are only two months old, and having already attained the weight of around 45 kg by the time they are a year old.’
    • ‘However, such strength means that the car is no lightweight and the 1.4 HDi tips the scales at almost 1200 kg empty.’
    • ‘The heavyweights carried 150-pound dumbbells and the lightweights carried 125-pound dumbbells.’
    • ‘These are lightweight and have a relatively short range.’
    • ‘Caterham is the pre-eminent sports car manufacturer in its sector producing lightweight, affordable road and racecars with supercar performance.’
    1. 2.1informal A person of little importance or influence, especially in a particular sphere.
      ‘he was regarded as a political lightweight’
      • ‘A political lightweight, he lacked the muscle or guile to stand up to opponents in the Treasury who opposed rearmament.’
      • ‘It is likely to be a slim volume, more in keeping with its author: a political lightweight.’
      • ‘Following a bout of media bashing, one of Britain's most popular entertainers, Les Dennis, proves he is no lightweight with a knock-out new show, An Evening With.’
      • ‘The Prime Minister himself may be a political lightweight in comparison to many of the African leaders with whom he has to deal, but he has the weight of generations of experience behind him.’
      • ‘Suggesting that Cameron was a political lightweight, Davis's allies insisted that their man ‘can actually put some meat on the bones’.’
      • ‘One shouldn't write him oft as a lightweight formalist, however: with his choice of subject matter, the sculptor clearly aims at some elemental themes.’
      • ‘The trumpeter, Fred Mills, is an alumnus of the Canadian Brass, and even he seems determined to add weight to a work often dismissed as lightweight.’
      • ‘Known as a political lightweight, Mori's popularity has slumped after a string of verbal blunders and the resignation of two of his cabinet ministers over scandals.’
      • ‘Several non-entities and lightweights lacking administrative acumen and political standing were pitchforked into the office of Chief Minister.’
      • ‘The Labor Senators don't come in as a naïve group of political lightweights.’
      • ‘Despite his seemingly insurmountable hurdles, by most accounts he is considered a political lightweight.’
      • ‘He was always a lightweight in her affections, although the competition with Kathy gave him a great deal more importance than he deserved.’
      • ‘The group is musically the more adventurous, but their lyrics seem a little lightweight compared to the in-yer-face political consciousness of their peers.’
      • ‘Despite his victory in South Carolina, presidential candidate George W Bush is still something of a political lightweight.’
      nonentity, nobody, nothing, lightweight, cipher, second-rater, amateur
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  • 1Of thin material or build and weighing less than average.

    ‘a lightweight grey suit’
    • ‘He's 11 years old and, at a recent check up, the vet said he was a perfect weight - despite seeming a little lightweight - and that most cats are massively overweight.’
    • ‘The chairs are custom built out of lightweight aluminum.’
    • ‘Their new M5 series of laptops use lightweight carbon-fibre materials, and their W1 laptop actually has a subwoofer built in for rocking audio.’
    • ‘Kevin previously had made up plans and costings for prefabricated, modular buildings to be made from steel and other lightweight materials, but had never put his plans into action.’
    • ‘Affixed to the bottom of the bodice, directly on the hips, was a thin, lightweight piece of material that barely reached my knees.’
    • ‘In building a car, do you use lightweight materials so that it is zippy, but a deathtrap in an accident?’
    • ‘They come in a wide range of colors, are lightweight, and are more sanitary than most other types of counters, retaining less moisture and therefore less bacteria.’
    • ‘Many summer suits are made of tropical wool since it's a lightweight material’
    • ‘In 1965 he used some aluminium tubing, a piece of canvas and lightweight wheels to build a prototype.’
    • ‘Prefabricated, modular buildings to be made from steel and other lightweight materials might just help with the recovery effort in the south.’
    • ‘‘It's lightweight, so it absorbed quickly into my skin without leaving a greasy residue,’ one tester said.’
    • ‘Based at the Hall House Industrial Estate, near Kendal, he makes bespoke performance silencers for offroad racing bikes, using lightweight materials such as carbon fibre and titanium.’
    • ‘Body panels are made of aluminium or other lightweight materials.’
    • ‘Made from a single piece of lightweight material, fisherman's pants could be mistaken for enormous nappies.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘His early work was predominantly in fairly lightweight materials, including wood and mixed media, and was often brightly coloured, but in the late 1980s he changed direction.’
    • ‘Torque Screwdrivers Are Designed for User Comfort Torque screwdrivers have lightweight, compact housings to ensure operator comfort.’
    • ‘The two-seat body structure is crafted from sophisticated materials such as lightweight alloys, magnesium and advanced composites.’
    • ‘Built by BMW's M division as a study of lightweight materials, the car is unfortunately not destined for production.’
    • ‘The advances in these two technologies have enabled TV makers to build thin, lightweight TV screens with a large picture area.’
    • ‘It's available in standard weight, lightweight, and ultra-lite configurations.’
    • ‘Modern aircraft are sophisticated and often built from highly stressed, lightweight materials.’
    • ‘He said specially designed lightweight roof material would giving a light, airy environment which people could walk through.’
    • ‘Do you sell or know where I can find a replacement 222 mm crankset in aluminum or other lightweight durable material?’
    • ‘Stuff the bottom of the sap bucket, if necessary, with packing peanuts, moss, a ball of newspaper or other lightweight material.’
    thin, light, flimsy, insubstantial
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  • 2Lacking seriousness, depth, or influence.

    ‘the film was entertaining, if rather lightweight’
    • ‘Old favourite ‘Light a Fire’ is deliciously melodic, though manages to sound lightweight compared to the martial rhythms and shouted dual vocals of newer numbers.’
    • ‘With this combination, the viewer can follow up the more serious film with the relatively lightweight one.’
    • ‘In his low-key documentary, Blitz has succeeded in creating drama out of everyday life that is highly absorbing, despite it's lightweight subject matter.’
    • ‘While never less than good, laden with charming, understated melodies and beautifully turned lyrics, some of the album feels lightweight by comparison with Cave's back catalogue.’
    • ‘The result is a lightweight source of entertainment that maximizes humor and minimizes serious stuff.’
    trivial, insubstantial, trifling, frothy, superficial, shallow, unintellectual, undemanding, frivolous, insignificant
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