I. noun Date: 1773 1. one of less than average weight; specifically a boxer in a weight division having a maximum limit of 135 pounds for professionals and 132 pounds for amateurs — compare featherweight, welterweight 2. one of little consequence or ability <
a political lightweight
II. adjective Date: 1809 1. lacking in earnestness, ability, or profundity ; inconsequential <
a lightweight painter
a lightweight TV series
2. having less than average weight <
lightweight fabrics
3. of, relating to, or characteristic of a lightweight <
the lightweight championship

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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