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[lahyt-lee] /ˈlaɪt li/
with little weight, force, intensity, etc.; gently:
to press lightly on a door bell.
to only a small amount or degree; slightly:
lightly fried eggs.
nimbly; quickly:
to leap lightly aside.
with a lack of concern; indifferently; slightly:
to think lightly of one's achievements.
cheerfully; without complaining:
to take bad news lightly.
without due consideration or reason (often used negatively):
an offer not to be refused lightly.
easily; without trouble or effort:
Lightly come, lightly go.
frivolously; flippantly:
to behave lightly.
airily; buoyantly:
flags floating lightly.
Origin of lightly
before 900; Middle English lightli, Old English lēohtlīce. See light2, -ly Unabridged
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  • Butter lettuce and tender spring greens are best when gently coated with a lightly acidic dressing.
  • Perhaps discarded then without a thought, the shoe is not dismissed so lightly now.
  • lightly dust each piece of dough and then place the dough on a lightly floured work surface.
  • It was tender without being mushy-almost velvety-with a lightly nutty flavor.
  • What that measure of control is should not be taken lightly or decided on swiftly.
  • For starters, toast them lightly to release the essential oils.
  • Any such celebration will be dim and lightly attended.
  • The first reason will no doubt seem foolish to many readers, but it shouldn't be taken lightly.
  • Therefore, the draft is mandatory and graded, albeit lightly weighted.
  • It should not be made lightly, which means you must commit to some serious soul-searching.
Word Origin and History for lightly

Old English leohtlice "so as not to be heavy" (of material things, but also of sleep, blows, etc.); cognate with Old Frisian lichtelik, Old High German lihtlihho, German leichtlich, Old Norse lettlega (see light (adj.1)). Meaning "frivolously, indifferently" is from early 13c.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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