Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Quickness or agility of mind or body.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. alert quickness of mind or body

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Lightness; nimbleness.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Lightness; nimbleness.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the gracefulness of a person or animal that is quick and nimble

Etymologies

French légèreté, from Old French legerete, from leger, light; see legerdemain.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • But then again, the plethora of insane details does contribute to my mind's general legerity, allowing me to often win at trivia game variants (until my intellectual bully of a wife comes along with a smile and beats me within an inch of my life - in the very same categories I'm supposed to have "mastered", and then some).

    Archive 2003-03-01

  • Hence, it would be an unpardonable legerity to close our eyes to the dangers lurking beneath an apparent passivity.

    The New World of Islam

  • Alighting with the legerity of a cat, he swerved leftward in the recoil, and was off, like a streak of mulberry-coloured lightning, down the High.

    Zuleika Dobson

  • Rather it is hoped that the haecceity of this enchiridion of arcane and recondite sesquipedalian items will appeal to the oniomania of an eximious Gemeinschaft whose legerity and sophrosyne, whose Sprachgefühl and orexis will find more than fugacious fulfillment among its felicific pages. "

    languagehat.com

Wordnik is becoming a not-for-profit! Read our announcement here.

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.