from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adv. With little weight or force; gently.
- adv. To a slight extent or amount: apply paint lightly.
- adv. With little difficulty; easily.
- adv. With agility and grace; nimbly.
- adv. In a carefree manner; cheerfully: took the news lightly.
- adv. Without sufficient care or consideration; indifferently: treated the situation much too lightly.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adv. In a light manner.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adv. With little weight; with little force
- adv. Swiftly; nimbly; with agility.
- adv. Without deep impression.
- adv. In a small degree; slightly; not severely.
- adv. With little effort or difficulty; easily; readily.
- adv. Without reason, or for reasons of little weight.
- adv. Commonly; usually.
- adv. Without dejection; cheerfully.
- adv. Without heed or care; with levity; gayly; airily.
- adv. Not chastely; wantonly.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Not heavily; with little weight or force; not oppressively or severely: as, to tread lightly; to punish lightly; his cares sit lightly upon him.
- With little effort; without difficulty; easily.
- Without good reason; upon slight grounds; readily.
- With little regard; slightingly; indifferently.
- Parsimoniously; niggardly.
- Without deliberation; heedlessly; inconsiderately.
- In a light-hearted manner; cheerfully; cheerily; airily; with levity.
- With agility; nimbly; quickly.
- Commonly; usually.
- To make light of; slight; disparage. Also lichtly.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adv. with indifference or without dejection
- adv. indulging with temperance
- adv. with little weight or force
- adv. in a small quantity or extent
- adv. with few burdens
- adv. without good reason
- adv. to a slight degree
light + -ly (Wiktionary)