1 without good reason; "one cannot say such things lightly"
2 with few burdens; "experienced travellers travel light" [syn: light]
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"
- In a light manner.
- French: légèrement
a bit, a little, airily, arbitrarily, barely, blithely, by a hair, by an ace, capriciously, cheerfully, cheerily, easily, effortlessly, ever so little, exiguously, facilely, faintly, fancifully, feebly, flightily, freely, frivolously, genially, gladly, hands down, happily, hardly, hopefully, idly, immaterially, imperfectly, inadvertently, inappreciably, inconsequentially, insignificantly, irrepressibly, jauntily, joyfully, just a bit, like clockwork, like nothing, little, meagerly, minimally, minutely, negligently, negligibly, no sweat, not hardly, on easy terms, only just, optimistically, permissively, pettily, pleasantly, readily, remissly, scampingly, scantily, scarcely, shallowly, simply, skimpingly, slightingly, slightly, slurringly, smilingly, smoothly, superficially, swimmingly, tant soit peu, triflingly, trivially, unessentially, unimportantly, unreasonably, unrigorously, weakly, well, whimsically, with good cheer, without difficulty