What does lightly mean?

Definitions for lightly
ˈlaɪt lilight·ly

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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.

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. Arnold Reed:

    At best, they are uncorroborated. At worst, they’re just not believable. When you consider that they’re flying down I-75, he is driving and has time to do all of that, they get pulled over by a police officer, and she doesn’t tell him what’s going on? any female or male that comes forward and says anybody harasses them, that is serious. Those things are not to be taken lightly. But we have to be able to at least have some corroboration if we’re going to be saying my client did something wrong.

  2. 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.

  3. De Blasio:

    Once this individual posted on Facebook his intention, anyone who sees that has the obligation to call the police immediately and report it, we cannot take this lightly.

  4. State John Kerry on Wednesday:

    We did not take this decision lightly.

  5. Richard Burr:

    What I tell them is, if you don't want to go to the hospital and you don't want to die, get a vaccine, we have always had an anti-vaccine group in America. This is for a different reason, but they should not take it lightly. This is a very serious virus. People should not risk their lives or their children's lives.

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    (of a flowering plant) having two cotyledons in the seed
    • A. tantamount
    • B. irascible
    • C. bibulous
    • D. dicotyledonous

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