featherweight [feth′ərwāt΄]
1. any person or thing of comparatively light weight or small size
2. an unimportant person or thing
3. a boxer between a junior featherweight and a junior lightweight, with a maximum weight of 126 pounds (57.15 kg)
4. the minimum weight that a racehorse may carry in a handicap
1. of featherweights
2. light or trivial

English World dictionary. . 2014.

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  • Featherweight — is a weight class division in the sport of boxing and wrestling (Greco Roman). Professional boxingA featherweight boxer weighs in at 9 stones (57 kilos) or under (at 126 pounds or under in the USA). In the early days of the division, this limit… …   Wikipedia

  • featherweight — also feather weight, the lightest allowable, 1812 (earlier as simply feather, 1760), from FEATHER (Cf. feather) (n.) + WEIGHT (Cf. weight). Originally in horse racing; boxing use dates from 1889 …   Etymology dictionary

  • featherweight — ► NOUN 1) a weight in boxing intermediate between bantamweight and lightweight. 2) a person or thing not worth serious consideration …   English terms dictionary

  • featherweight — /fedh euhr wayt /, n. 1. a boxer or other contestant intermediate in weight between a bantamweight and a lightweight, esp. a professional boxer weighing up to 126 lb. (57 kg). 2. an insignificant person or thing: He thinks he s a major composer,… …   Universalium

  • featherweight — n. weight of a feather; boxer in the featherweight class; ineffective person adj. light like a feather; belonging to the featherweight class (Boxing); ineffective …   English contemporary dictionary

  • featherweight — UK [ˈfeðə(r)ˌweɪt] / US [ˈfeðərˌweɪt] noun [countable] Word forms featherweight : singular featherweight plural featherweights a boxer who weighs between 53.5 and 57 kilograms …   English dictionary

  • featherweight — noun Date: 1812 1. one that is very light in weight; especially a boxer in a weight division having a maximum limit of 126 pounds for professionals and 125 pounds for amateurs compare bantamweight, lightweight 2. lightweight 2 • featherweight… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • featherweight — [[t]fe̱ðə(r)weɪt[/t]] featherweights N COUNT A featherweight is a professional boxer who weighs between 53.5 and 57 kilograms, which is one of the lowest weight ranges …   English dictionary

  • featherweight — noun a) A weight division in professional boxing of a maximum of 126 pounds or 57 kilograms. b) A boxer who fights in this division …   Wiktionary

  • featherweight — Synonyms and related words: Chinese boxer, bantam, bantamweight, banty, black belt, boxer, brown belt, bruiser, button, catchweight, chit, cluck, diminutive, dimwit, dumb, fighter, fingerling, fisticuffer, flyweight, forceless, heavyweight,… …   Moby Thesaurus

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