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[mid-l-weyt] /ˈmɪd lˌweɪt/
a boxer or other contestant intermediate in weight between a welterweight and a light heavyweight, especially a professional boxer weighing up to 160 pounds (72.5 kg).
Boxing. of or relating to middleweights:
the middleweight division.
(of a horse, especially a hunter) able to carry up to 185 pounds (83.9 kg).
Origin of middleweight
1870-75; middle + weight Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • But he was good enough to do all manner of things to dozens of fairly good men in the rank and file of the middleweight army.

    Buff: A Collie and other dog-stories Albert Payson Terhune
  • And he knocked out the second middleweight, and the third middleweight.

    Famous Flyers David Goodger (
  • He looked like Pollyanna, after eight or ten shots at the middleweight title.

    Occasion for Disaster Gordon Randall Garrett
  • Montoya was built like a middleweight fighter, and his white uniform was spotless.

    The Flaming Mountain Harold Leland Goodwin
  • The middleweight thought that it was a joke on him, and was careful not to hit hard.

    Famous Flyers David Goodger (
  • An instant and perfect liking sprang up between Jeff and his middleweight master.

    Buff: A Collie and other dog-stories Albert Payson Terhune
  • But one day down in the gymnasium, the boxing coach put him in the ring with a middleweight for some practice.

    Famous Flyers David Goodger (
  • So the coach, seeing that he had struck gold, entered Jimmie in the match with Stanford, but in the middleweight class.

    Famous Flyers David Goodger (
British Dictionary definitions for middleweight


  1. a professional boxer weighing 154–160 pounds (70–72.5 kg)
  2. an amateur boxer weighing 71–75 kg (157–165 pounds)
  3. (as modifier): a middleweight contest
a wrestler in a similar weight category (usually 172–192 pounds (78–87 kg))
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for middleweight

also middle weight, 1842, from middle + weight.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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