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featherweight

[feth -er-weyt] /ˈfɛð ərˌweɪt/
noun
1.
a boxer or other contestant intermediate in weight between a bantamweight and a lightweight, especially a professional boxer weighing up to 126 pounds (57 kg).
2.
an insignificant person or thing:
He thinks he's a major composer, but he's just a featherweight.
adjective
3.
belonging to the class of featherweights, especially in boxing.
4.
extremely light in weight:
a featherweight quilt.
5.
unimportant; trifling; slight.
Origin
1805-1815
1805-15; feather + weight
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British Dictionary definitions for feather weight

featherweight

/ˈfɛðəˌweɪt/
noun
1.
  1. something very light or of little importance
  2. (as modifier): featherweight considerations
2.
  1. a professional boxer weighing 118–126 pounds (53.5–57 kg)
  2. an amateur boxer weighing 54–57 kg (119–126 pounds)
  3. (as modifier): the featherweight challenger
3.
a wrestler in a similar weight category (usually 126–139 pounds (57–63 kg))
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Word Origin and History for feather weight

featherweight

also feather-weight, the lightest allowable, 1812 (earlier as simply feather, 1760), from feather (n.) + weight. Originally in horse-racing; boxing use dates from 1889.

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