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. Damon Circosta:

    Personally, The Board of Elections's not a decision I want to take lightly. I want to be cautious.

  2. M. F. K. Fisher:

    Sharing food with another human being is an intimate act that should not be indulged in lightly.

  3. Donald Trump:

    The record shows that I’m right, when I did an interview with Howard Stern, very lightly, first time anyone’s asked me that, I said, very lightly, ‘I don’t know, maybe, who knows?’ essentially. I then did an interview with Neil Cavuto. We talked about the economy is more important [than going to war].

  4. Martin Luther:

    I cannot believe that my illness is natural. I suspect Satan, and therefore I am the more inclined to take it lightly.

  5. Euripides:

    Light be the earth upon you, lightly rest.

Images & Illustrations of lightly

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