Definition of featherweight in US English:



  • 1A weight in boxing and other sports intermediate between bantamweight and lightweight. It ranges from 118 to 126 pounds (54 to 57 kg).

    • ‘Michael Brodie's heroic win over Maurin has earned him special praise from referee Richie Davies, who handled the gruelling World Boxing Federation featherweight title fight last month.’
    • ‘Henry Armstrong held world titles at featherweight, lightweight and welterweight simultaneously and won 150 fights.’
    • ‘When Michael Brodie of Manchester fought South Korea's Injin Chi last October for the vacant World Boxing Council featherweight title, by common consent it was one of Britain's best fights of 2003.’
    • ‘Steve Bell is a real boxer and he won British Amateur Boxing Association's featherweight title in 1998, the same year this film was made.’
    • ‘So the Europeans tend to dominate the categories other than flyweight, featherweight and bantamweight.’
    • ‘‘I know people still doubt me when I say this but there is no boxer in the junior bantamweight, bantamweight and even junior featherweight who can stand in front of Vabaza and not feel the heat,’ he insists.’
    • ‘At the 2003 games, the USA qualified a spot in three divisions: featherweight, welterweight and super heavyweight.’
    • ‘When the pair fought their hearts out for the honour of winning the World Boxing Council's featherweight belt, they showed us - amidst the blood and the brutality - all that is noble, honest and decent about the sweet science of bruising.’
    • ‘Hey, everybody thinks my secret desire is to be the first female featherweight boxing champ.’
    • ‘A punch from Naseem misses Vuyani during their World Boxing Organisation featherweight title fight in London on Saturday night.’
    • ‘But the featherweight champion has vowed to carry on regardless of his snub and is now praying his promoters can land a big name for him to fight at that venue on June 21.’
    • ‘I moved up from flyweight to featherweight, and, by 1960, had won the British title.’
    1. 1.1 A featherweight boxer or other competitor.
      • ‘The final undercard bout featured featherweights Rogers Mtagwa and Valdemir Pereira.’
      • ‘The list of beaten opponents by Sanchez reads like a who's who list of the great featherweights of his era.’
      • ‘The co-feature will have two undefeated featherweights, both former USA Olympians going at it.’
      • ‘I truly thought that this chapter in the book of featherweights would be dominated by the better boxer, and maybe it was, only the better boxer, at least this night, was not Marco.’
      • ‘His empathy with the fighter comes from his own experience as a boxer - he was a useful featherweight forced to retire early through injury.’
      • ‘Offer a big enough purse, and probably any of the featherweights we discussed might compete in Glasgow.’
      • ‘He was going to enter as a featherweight but was struggling to make that weight and he's more comfortable now at lightweight.’
      • ‘The South African team consists of two other boxers - featherweight Mathebula and Venter, a light heavyweight.’
      • ‘You must remember that he used to bash junior featherweights, and it will be interesting to see if he will handle going up a division.’
      • ‘I used to box with Paul back in 1987 when I was then a featherweight and he was a flyweight, so we built up quite a good relationship.’
      • ‘But, no matter how good they are, featherweights never capture the American imagination like heavyweights, and the Prince soon tasted defeat at the gloves of Marco Antonio Barrera.’
    2. 1.2 A very light person or thing.
      • ‘It's a featherweight, but at the same time inspires confidence that it is well-constructed.’
    3. 1.3 A person or thing not worth serious consideration.
      ‘he is an intellectual featherweight’
      • ‘Sure, there's plenty to be said about Picasso and Ingres but a featherweight intellect like him can barely lift his prose above the absurd.’
      • ‘The academic, who is the Oxford University Professor of Historical Theology, shows him to be an intellectual featherweight on religious topics.’