AskDefine | Define lightweight

Dictionary Definition

lightweight adj
1 having relatively little weight; "lightweight fabrics"
2 having no importance or influence; "a lightweight intellect"


1 a professional boxer who weighs between 131 and 135 pounds
2 someone who is unimportant but cheeky and presumptuous [syn: whippersnapper, jackanapes]
3 an amateur boxer who weighs no more than 132 pounds
4 a wrestler who weighs 139-154 pounds

User Contributed Dictionary



light + weight


  1. A boxer in a weight division having a maximum limit of 135 pounds for professionals and 132 pounds for amateurs.
  2. A competitive weight division between bantamweight and welterweight, with specific weights varying by organization.
  3. One of little consequence or ability.
  4. A person who can't handle their drink.


A boxer
A competitive weight division between bantamweight and welterweight
One of little consequence or ability
A person who can't handle their drink


  1. Lacking in earnestness, ability, or profundity
  2. Having less than average weight


Lacking in earnestness, ability, or profundity
Having less than average weight

Extensive Definition

The word lightweight usually refers to a class of athletes in a particular sport, based on their weight. It is also a slang term, indicating insignifigance or ineptitude.

Professional boxing

The lightweight is the 130 pounds (59 kilograms) to 135 pounds (61 kilograms) weight class in the sport of boxing. In England, it equates to the weight bracket of 9 st 3 lb - 9 st 8 lb.

Professional Champions

Amateur Champions

Olympic Champions

Pan American Champions

Kickboxing Lightweight

Women's divisions also use this weight class, but usually at a much lower weight than the men's divisions.


Lightweight rowing was a category entered into the Olympic sport, originally due to countries of smaller stature competing with an unfair disadvantage, as rowing favors the taller athlete who has more leverage and generally more power.
lightweight in Danish: Letvægt
lightweight in Japanese: ライト級
lightweight in Hungarian: Könnyűsúly
lightweight in Norwegian: Lettvekt
lightweight in Thai: ไลท์เวท

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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