Definition of "lightly" [light•ly]

  • With little weight or force; gently. (adverb)
  • To a slight extent or amount: apply paint lightly. (adverb)
  • With little difficulty; easily. (adverb)
  • With agility and grace; nimbly. (adverb)
  • In a carefree manner; cheerfully: took the news lightly. (adverb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "lightly" in a sentence
  • "I use the term lightly when it comes to Daniel, Noelle clarified, munching on some greens."
  • "The latest celebrity and we use the term lightly to take nude pics for PETA is Brooke Hogan, who unveiled the photos with the help of her father, Hulk Hogan, at the Women In Cages exhibit in Miami."
  • "When I think of all the mediocrity in an area of expensive real estate like the City of London, and think how little a genius like Jan – and I don't use the term lightly – saw built in his lifetime, you can't help but think two things: one, the dice are loaded against great architecture; two: work harder."