lighter

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English[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

See light (pale) + -er (comparative)

Adjective[edit]

lighter

  1. comparative form of light: more light
    I prefer a lighter shade of pink.
A lighter (sense 2)

Etymology 2[edit]

See light (ignite) + -er (agent)

Noun[edit]

lighter (plural lighters)

  1. One who, or that which, lights.
    a lighter of lamps
  2. A small, reusable handheld device for creating fire, especially for lighting cigarettes.
    Cigarette in mouth, he clutched his pockets in search of a lighter.
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Etymology 3[edit]

See light (unload, lighten) + -er (agent)

Noun[edit]

lighter (plural lighters)

  1. A flat-bottomed boat for carrying heavy loads across short distances (especially for canals or for loading or unloading larger boats).
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Verb[edit]

lighter (third-person singular simple present lighters, present participle lightering, simple past and past participle lightered)

  1. To transfer cargo or fuel from a ship, lightening it to make its draft less or to make it easier to refloat.

Etymology 4[edit]

See light (not heavy, weak) + -er (comparative)

Adjective[edit]

lighter

  1. comparative form of light: more light
    What happened? You look 10 lbs. lighter!
    I wish I'd thrown a lighter punch; he's out cold.

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