lightly

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Etymology[edit]

light +‎ -ly

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lightly (comparative lightlier or more lightly, superlative lightliest or most lightly)

  1. In a light manner.
    As a teacher, I don't take rudeness in class lightly.
    • 1907, Robert Chambers, chapter 8, The Younger Set:
      “I never understood it,” she observed, lightly scornful. “What occult meaning has a sun-dial for a spooney ? I’m sure I don't want to read riddles into a strange gentleman’s optics.”

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