Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adverb With little weight or force; gently.
  • adverb To a slight extent or amount.
  • adverb With little difficulty; easily.
  • adverb With agility and grace; nimbly.
  • adverb In a carefree manner; cheerfully.
  • adverb Without sufficient care or consideration; indifferently.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To make light of; slight; disparage. Also lichtly.
  • 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adverb With little weight; with little force
  • adverb Swiftly; nimbly; with agility.
  • adverb Without deep impression.
  • adverb In a small degree; slightly; not severely.
  • adverb With little effort or difficulty; easily; readily.
  • adverb Without reason, or for reasons of little weight.
  • adverb obsolete Commonly; usually.
  • adverb Without dejection; cheerfully.
  • adverb Without heed or care; with levity; gayly; airily.
  • adverb Not chastely; wantonly.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adverb In a light manner.

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

  • adverb with indifference or without dejection
  • adverb indulging with temperance
  • adverb with little weight or force
  • adverb in a small quantity or extent
  • adverb with few burdens
  • adverb without good reason
  • adverb to a slight degree

Etymologies

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light +‎ -ly

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