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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR LIGHTLY

The moral customs of their countries were possibly held by them lightly.

But daddy's attentions were for few, and not to be lightly received.

She had kissed him lightly on the cheek before he knew what she intended to do.

Yates caught up a handful of sand, and flung it lightly against the pane.

"Been rolling that to the top of the mountain," he said lightly.

"Friends of mine," said Linda lightly as she stepped from the car.

She did as I asked, touching me lightly with her little cool hand.

"It's but what might have been looked for," he said, lightly, in answer to some sad words of my patron's.

Public confidence, which had been too lightly raised, first wavered, then collapsed.

It is a subject, he says, that he has not of late treated so lightly.

WORD ORIGIN

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.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR LIGHTLY

gently

adverbquietly and softly
Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.