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"lightweight" in British English

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lightweightadjective

uk   us   /ˈlaɪt.weɪt/

lightweightnoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈlaɪt.weɪt/
  • lightweight noun [C] (SPORTS PERSON)

in some ​sports, ​including boxing, a ​person whose ​weight is between ​featherweight and ​welterweight
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(Definition of lightweight from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"lightweight" in American English

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lightweightadjective

 us   /ˈlɑɪtˌweɪt/
  • lightweight adjective (WITH LESS WEIGHT)

(esp. of ​clothes) ​weighing little and ​therefore not ​warm: a lightweight ​jacket
  • lightweight adjective (NOT IMPORTANT)

(of a ​person) of little ​importance, or (of ​ideas) ​created without ​seriousthought or ​purpose: The ​movie was a lightweight ​comedy.

lightweightnoun [C]

 us   /ˈlɑɪt·weɪt/
  • lightweight noun [C] (SOMEONE OR SOMETHING NOT IMPORTANT)

a ​person of little ​importance, or an ​ideacreated without ​seriousthought or ​purpose:
(Definition of lightweight from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"lightweight" in Business English

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lightweightadjective

uk   us   /ˈlaɪtweɪt/
weighing only a little or less than ​average: We ​shipped thousands of very lightweight cardigans for the spring ​season. Composites tend to be ​stronger than ​steel but more lightweight. lightweight ​plastics/​carbonfibres
not showing ​deepunderstanding, ​knowledge, or ​ability: She's the ​author of some fairly lightweight ​investingguides. Many in the US regarded him as too lightweight to become the IMF's ​managingdirector.

lightweightnoun

uk   us   /ˈlaɪtweɪt/
someone who does not show ​deepunderstanding, ​knowledge, or ​ability: In ​certain circles he has been ​dismissed as an intellectual lightweight.
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(Definition of lightweight from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “lightweight”
in Chinese (Simplified) 不重的, 较轻的,轻量的…
in Turkish hafif, ince…
in Russian легкий…
in Chinese (Traditional) 不重的, 較輕的,輕量的…
in Polish lekki…
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