1) ADJ-GRADED: usu ADJ n Something that is lightweight weighs less than most other things of the same type.

...lightweight denim...

The company manufactures a range of innovative light-weight cycles.

2) N-UNCOUNT: usu N n Lightweight is a category in some sports, such as boxing, judo, or rowing, based on the weight of the athlete.

By the age of sixteen he was the junior lightweight champion of Poland...

He changed from lightweight (under 71kg) to light middleweight (under 78kg).

A lightweight is a person who is in the lightweight category in a particular sport.
3) N-COUNT (disapproval) If you describe someone as a lightweight, you are critical of them because you think that they are not very important or skilful in a particular area of activity.

Hill considered Sam a lightweight, a real amateur.

Lightweight is also an adjective.

Some of the discussion in the book is lightweight and unconvincing.

English dictionary. 2008.

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  • Lightweight — Light weight , a. 1. Light in weight, as a coin; specif., applied to a man or animal who is a lightweight. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] 2. made of thin cloth, of relatively little weight; of clothing or fabrics; as, lightweight fabrics. [WordNet sense… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • lightweight — [līt′wāt΄] n. 1. one below normal weight 2. a boxer between a junior lightweight and a junior welterweight, with a maximum weight of 135 pounds (61.24 kg) ☆ 3. Informal a person of limited influence, intelligence, or competence adj. 1. light in… …   English World dictionary

  • Lightweight — Light weight (l[imac]t w[=a]t ), n. One of less than average weight; specif.: In boxing, wrestling, etc., one weighing not more than 133 pounds (U. S. amateur rules 135 pounds, Eng. 140 pounds). [WordNet sense 1] [Webster 1913 Suppl.] 2. A person …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • lightweight — index immaterial Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • lightweight — also light weight, 1773 in horse racing, also in pugilism; from LIGHT (Cf. light) (adj.1) + WEIGHT (Cf. weight). Figurative sense of inconsequential first attested 1809 …   Etymology dictionary

  • lightweight — [adj] inconsequential failing, featherweight, foolish, imponderous, incompetent, insignificant, of no account, paltry, petty, slight, trifling, trivial, unimportant, weightless, worthless; concepts 491,575 Ant. big, consequential, heavyweight,… …   New thesaurus

  • lightweight — ► NOUN 1) a weight in boxing and other sports intermediate between featherweight and welterweight. 2) informal a person of little importance. ► ADJECTIVE 1) of thin material or build. 2) informal having little importance …   English terms dictionary

  • lightweight — ▪ I. lightweight light‧weight 1 [ˈlaɪt weɪt] noun [countable] someone or something that has very little influence or importance: • The furniture division had long been an industry lightweight.   [m0] ▪ II. lightweight lightweight 2 adjective 1 …   Financial and business terms

  • LightWeight — Infobox Company company name = LightWeight Co., Ltd. company company type = Private foundation = November 22, 1995 location = Setagaya, Tokyo key people = Akira Nagai (chairman) Hideo Ooishi (director) industry = Computer and video game industry… …   Wikipedia

  • lightweight — I UK [ˈlaɪtˌweɪt] / US adjective 1) weighing less than other things of the same type a lightweight jacket Laptop computers are becoming more lightweight. 2) not serious or important a lightweight comedy a lightweight member of the team II UK… …   English dictionary

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