Definitions

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

Etymologies

light +‎ -ly (Wiktionary)

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