What does lightly mean?

Definitions for lightly
ˈlaɪt lilight·ly

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word lightly.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. lightly(adverb)

    without good reason

    "one cannot say such things lightly"

  2. lightly, light(adverb)

    with few burdens

    "experienced travellers travel light"

  3. lightly, softly, gently(adverb)

    with little weight or force

    "she kissed him lightly on the forehead"

  4. lightly(adverb)

    indulging with temperance

    "we eat lightly in the morning"

  5. lightly(adverb)

    with indifference or without dejection

    "he took it lightly"

  6. thinly, lightly(adverb)

    in a small quantity or extent

    "spread the margarine thinly over the meat"; "apply paint lightly"

  7. lightly(adverb)

    to a slight degree

    "her speech is only lightly accented"


  1. lightly(Adverb)

    In a light manner.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Lightly(adverb)

    with little weight; with little force; as, to tread lightly; to press lightly

  2. Lightly(adverb)

    swiftly; nimbly; with agility

  3. Lightly(adverb)

    without deep impression

  4. Lightly(adverb)

    in a small degree; slightly; not severely

  5. Lightly(adverb)

    with little effort or difficulty; easily; readily

  6. Lightly(adverb)

    without reason, or for reasons of little weight

  7. Lightly(adverb)

    commonly; usually

  8. Lightly(adverb)

    without dejection; cheerfully

  9. Lightly(adverb)

    without heed or care; with levity; gayly; airily

  10. Lightly(adverb)

    not chastely; wantonly

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'lightly' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4503

  2. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'lightly' in Adverbs Frequency: #298

How to pronounce lightly?

  1. Alex
    US English

How to say lightly in sign language?

  1. lightly


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of lightly in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of lightly in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of lightly in a Sentence

  1. Sophocles:

    Best to live lightly, unthinkingly.

  2. State John Kerry on Wednesday:

    We did not take this decision lightly.

  3. John Bel Edwards:

    No one should take this storm lightly.

  4. Euripides:

    Light be the earth upon you, lightly rest.

  5. Lucius Annaeus Seneca:

    He who has great power should use it lightly.

Images & Illustrations of lightly

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