AskDefine | Define lightly

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lightly adv
1 without good reason; "one cannot say such things lightly"
2 with few burdens; "experienced travellers travel light" [syn: light]
3 with little weight or force; "she kissed him lightly on the forehead" [syn: softly, gently]
4 indulging with temperance; "we eat lightly in the morning" [ant: heavily]
5 with indifference or without dejection; "he took it lightly"
6 in a small quantity or extent; "spread the margarine thinly over the meat"; "apply paint lightly" [syn: thinly] [ant: thickly]
7 to a slight degree; "her speech is only lightly accented"

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  1. In a light manner.


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