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Meaning of LIGHTLY

Pronunciation:  'lItlee

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [adv]  with indifference or without dejection; "he took it lightly"
  2. [adv]  indulging with temperance; "we eat lightly in the morning"
  3. [adv]  to a slight degree; "her speech is only lightly accented"
  4. [adv]  with little weight or force; "she kissed him lightly on the forehead"
  5. [adv]  with few burdens; "experienced travellers travel light"
  6. [adv]  in a small quantity or extent; "spread the margarine thinly over the meat"; "apply paint lightly"
  7. [adv]  without good reason; "one cannot say such things lightly"
 

LIGHTLY is a 7 letter word that starts with L.

 

 Synonyms: gently, light, softly, thinly
 
 Antonyms: hard, heavily, intemperately, thickly
 

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Light"ly\, adv.
1. With little weight; with little force; as, to tread
   lightly; to press lightly.

         Yet shall thy grave with rising flowers be drest,
         And the green turf lie lightly on thy breast.
                                               --Pope.

         Him thus intent Ithuriel with his spear Touched
         lightly.                              --Milton.

2. Swiftly; nimbly; with agility.

         So mikle was that barge, it might not lightly sail.
                                               --R. of
                                               Brunne.

         Watch what thou seest and lightly bring me word.
                                               --Tennyson.

3. Without deep impression.

         The soft ideas of the cheerful note, Lightly
         received, were easily forgot.         --Prior.

4. In a small degree; slightly; not severely.

         At the first he lightly afflicted the land of
         Zebulun . . . and afterward did more grievously
         afflict her.                          --Is. ix. 1.

5. With little effort or difficulty; easily; readily.

         That lightly come, shall lightly go.  --Old Proverb.

         They come lightly by the malt, and need not spare
         it.                                   --Sir W.
                                               Scott.

6. Without reason, or for reasons of little weight.

         Flatter not the rich, neither do thou willingly or
         lightly appear before great personages. --Jer.
                                               Taylor.

7. Commonly; usually. [Obs.] --Bp. Fisher.

         The great thieves of a state are lightly the
         officers of the crown.                --B. Jonson.

8. Without dejection; cheerfully. ``Seeming to bear it
   lightly.'' --Shak.

9. Without heed or care; with levity; gayly; airily.

         Matrimony . . . is not by any to be enterprised, nor
         taken in hand, unadvisedly, lightly, or wantonly.
                                               --Book of
                                               Common Prayer
                                               [Eng. Ed.].

10. Not chastely; wantonly. --Swift.

 
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