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?

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    US English

How to say lightly in sign language?

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  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. Unknown:

    That which we obtain too easily, we esteem too lightly.

  2. Rand Paul:

    I seek to amend this legislation not because I take lynching lightly, but because I take it seriously, and this legislation does not.

  3. Jonathan Nez:

    You may be young and in good health, but this virus can infect anyone, this is not to be taken lightly.

  4. Chief Volker Kluwe:

    We do take this intelligence seriously. That is why we proceeded with this protocol. We did not take this decision lightly, but it was in accordance with the seriousness of the intelligence.

  5. Lucius Annaeus Seneca:

    He who has great power should use it lightly.

Images & Illustrations of lightly

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