Lightly Light"ly, adv. 1. With little weight; with little force; as, to tread lightly; to press lightly. [1913 Webster]

Yet shall thy grave with rising flowers be drest, And the green turf lie lightly on thy breast. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

Him thus intent Ithuriel with his spear Touched lightly. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

2. Swiftly; nimbly; with agility. [1913 Webster]

So mikle was that barge, it might not lightly sail. --R. of Brunne. [1913 Webster]

Watch what thou seest and lightly bring me word. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]

3. Without deep impression. [1913 Webster]

The soft ideas of the cheerful note, Lightly received, were easily forgot. --Prior. [1913 Webster]

4. In a small degree; slightly; not severely. [1913 Webster]

At the first he lightly afflicted the land of Zebulun . . . and afterward did more grievously afflict her. --Is. ix. 1. [1913 Webster]

5. With little effort or difficulty; easily; readily. [1913 Webster]

That lightly come, shall lightly go. --Old Proverb. [1913 Webster]

They come lightly by the malt, and need not spare it. --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster]

6. Without reason, or for reasons of little weight. [1913 Webster]

Flatter not the rich, neither do thou willingly or lightly appear before great personages. --Jer. Taylor. [1913 Webster]

7. Commonly; usually. [Obs.] --Bp. Fisher. [1913 Webster]

The great thieves of a state are lightly the officers of the crown. --B. Jonson. [1913 Webster]

8. Without dejection; cheerfully. ``Seeming to bear it lightly.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

9. Without heed or care; with levity; gayly; airily. [1913 Webster]

Matrimony . . . is not by any to be enterprised, nor taken in hand, unadvisedly, lightly, or wantonly. --Book of Common Prayer [Eng. Ed.]. [1913 Webster]

10. Not chastely; wantonly. --Swift. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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