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Meaning & Definition of Lightly in English

English

Lightly

/laɪtli/

adverb

1. Without good reason

  • "One cannot say such things lightly"
    synonym:
  • lightly

2. With few burdens

  • "Experienced travellers travel light"
    synonym:
  • lightly
  • ,
  • light

3. With little weight or force

  • "She kissed him lightly on the forehead"
    synonym:
  • lightly
  • ,
  • softly
  • ,
  • gently

4. Indulging with temperance

  • "We eat lightly in the morning"
    synonym:
  • lightly

5. With indifference or without dejection

  • "He took it lightly"
    synonym:
  • lightly

6. In a small quantity or extent

  • "Spread the margarine thinly over the meat"
  • "Apply paint lightly"
    synonym:
  • thinly
  • ,
  • lightly

7. To a slight degree

  • "Her speech is only lightly accented"
    synonym:
  • lightly

Examples of using

The team took the loss of the game lightly.
You're lightly dressed.
You're lightly dressed.