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. lightlyadverb

    without good reason

    "one cannot say such things lightly"

  2. lightly, lightadverb

    with few burdens

    "experienced travellers travel light"

  3. lightly, softly, gentlyadverb

    with little weight or force

    "she kissed him lightly on the forehead"

  4. lightlyadverb

    indulging with temperance

    "we eat lightly in the morning"

  5. lightlyadverb

    with indifference or without dejection

    "he took it lightly"

  6. thinly, lightlyadverb

    in a small quantity or extent

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

  7. lightlyadverb

    to a slight degree

    "her speech is only lightly accented"


  1. lightlyadverb

    In a light manner.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Lightlyadverb

    Etymology: from light.

    This grave partakes the fleshly birth,
    Which cover lightly, gentle earth. Ben Jonson.

    The soft ideas of the cheerful note,
    Lightly receiv’d, were easily forgot. Matthew Prior.

    If they write or speak publickly but five words, one of them is lightly about the dangerous estate of the church of England in respect of abused ceremonies. Richard Hooker, b. iv.

    Believ’t not lightly that your son
    Will not exceed the common, or be caught
    With cautelous baits and practice. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    Short Summer lightly has a forward spring. William Shakespeare.

    The traitor in faction lightly goeth away with it. Francis Bacon.

    Flatter not the rich; neither do thou willingly or lightly appear before great personages. Jeremy Taylor, Guide.

    Let every man that hath a calling be diligent in pursuance of its employment, so as not lightly, or without reasonable occasion, to neglect it. Jeremy Taylor, Holy Living.

    Bid that welcome
    Which comes to punish us, and we punish it,
    Seeming to bear it lightly. William Shakespeare, Ant. and Cleopatra.

    If I were lightly disposed, I could still perhaps have offers, that some, who hold their heads higher, would be glad to accept. Jonathan Swift, Story of an injured Lady.

    Methought I stood on a wide river’s bank;
    When on a sudden, Torismond appear’d,
    Gave me his hand, and led me lightly o’er;
    Leaping and bounding on the billows heads,
    Till safely we had reach’d the farther shore. Dryden.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Lightlyadverb

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

  2. Lightlyadverb

    swiftly; nimbly; with agility

  3. Lightlyadverb

    without deep impression

  4. Lightlyadverb

    in a small degree; slightly; not severely

  5. Lightlyadverb

    with little effort or difficulty; easily; readily

  6. Lightlyadverb

    without reason, or for reasons of little weight

  7. Lightlyadverb

    commonly; usually

  8. Lightlyadverb

    without dejection; cheerfully

  9. Lightlyadverb

    without heed or care; with levity; gayly; airily

  10. Lightlyadverb

    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

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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. Bob Arum:

    I'm a Bob Arum citizen and the Treasury department does not take these steps lightly, we will respect them( sanctions preventing Kinahan doing business in the US).

  2. Pedro Velez:

    They’re all over the place. All over the streets. Every place you are, you find one, people over here know, so they walk very lightly. They’re very vigilant.

  3. Eric Swalwell:

    Impeachment is the most extraordinary remedy the Constitution affords Congress, as a former prosecutor, I do not take this lightly. But the President continues to put his own interests above America's. He is lawless. His relentless attacks on our rule of law and numerous efforts to obstruct justice and Congress have reached such a point to require extraordinary action. It's time for Congress to open an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.

  4. Thomas Paine:

    The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly it is dearness only that gives everything its value. I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress and grow brave by reflection. 'Tis the business of little minds to shrink but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death.

  5. Simon Schuster:

    We did not come to this decision lightly, as a publisher, it will always be our mission to amplify a variety of voices and viewpoints. At the same time, we take seriously our larger public responsibilityas citizens, and cannot support Sen.Hawley after his role in what became a dangerous threat.

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