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Light, adj. 1) of little weight, opposed to heavy: Ven. 155. Gent. III, 1, 129. LLL V, 2, 26. Merch. IV, 1, 328. All's II, 5, 48. R2 I, 4, 44. H4B I, 2, 187. IV, 5, 33. R3 III, 1, 117. Troil. II, 3, 277. Tim. IV, 3, 379. Lr. III, 6, 115. IV, 6, 151. Cymb. V, 4, 168. Quibbling: Err. III, 2, 52. Mids. III, 2, 133. Merch. III, 2, 91. R2 III, 4, 86. H4A II, 3, 14. H4B IV, 1, 195. Troil. I, 3, 28. Cymb. V, 4, 25.
2) moving with ease, swift, nimble: “love is l. and will aspire,” Ven. 150. “in her l. chariot,” Ven. 150 “too l. for such a swain as you to catch,” Shr. II, 205. “so l. of foot,” R2 III, 4, 92. “l. payment,” H4B V, 5, 135. “l. horsemen,” H6A IV, 2, 43. “his l. feathers,” Rom. I, 4, 20. “love's l. wings,” II, 2, 66. “so l. a foot,” II, 6, 16. “so l. is vanity,” II, 6, 16
3) not oppressive, not violent: “yields to every l. impression,” Ven. 566. “every l. occasion of the wind,” Compl. 86. “l. skirmishes,” H6A I, 4, 69. “thy love doth mince this matter, making it l. to Cassio,” Oth. II, 3, 248. “a tale whose --est word would harrow up thy soul,” Hml. I, 5, 15; cf. IV, 6, 26.
4) of no moment, of little value, slight, unimportant (mostly with a play on the word): “make the prize l.” Tp. I, 2, 452. “my father's loss, the wreck of all my friends, are but l. to me,” Tp. I, 2, 452 “as l. as tales,” Mids. III, 2, 133. “a heavy curse from Rome, or the l. loss of England,” John III, 1, 206. H4A II, 3, 14. H4B IV, 1, 195. V, 5, 135. H5 II, 2, 89. R3 III, 1, 118. Troil. I, 3, 28. Hml. II, 2, 268. Oth. III, 3, 322. Cymb. V, 4, 25. to hold l. == to treat as of little consequence, to estimate at a low rate: “he that stirs holds his soul l.” Oth. II, 3, 174. to set l., in the same sense: “to set me l.” Sonn. 88, 1. “the man that mocks at it and sets it l.” R2 I, 3, 293. to weigh l., in the same sense: “her worth that he doth weigh too l.” All's III, 4, 32. Applied to persons: “making them --est that wear most of it,” Merch. III, 2, 91. “to frown upon Sir Toby and the --er people,” Tw. V, 347 (meaner, inferior). “some few vanities that make him l.” R2 III, 4, 86.
5) easy, not difficult: “lest too l. winning make the prize l.” Tp. I, 2, 451.
6) in good spirits, cheerful, merry: “through their l. joy seemed to appear, like bright things stained, a kind of heavy fear,” Lucr. 1434. “so l. a tune,” Gent. I, 2, 84. “with a l. heart,” Meas. IV, 3, 152. “had she been l. like you, of such a merry spirit,” LLL V, 2, 15. “a l. heart lives long,” LLL V, 2, 15 “l. airs,” Tw. II, 4, 5. “I am passing l. in spirits,” H4B IV, 2, 85. “my heart is ten times --er than my looks,” R3 V, 3, 3. “I am l. and heavy,” Cor. II, 1, 201. “wantons l. of heart,” Rom. I, 4, 35. “my heart is wondrous l.” IV, 2, 46. “Seneca cannot be too heavy, nor Plautus too l.” Hml. II, 2, 420. “the l. and careless livery that youth wears,” IV, 7, 80. “smiles, gestures and l. behaviour,” Oth. IV, 1, 103.
7) full of levity, unsteady, frivolous, wanton: “women are l. at midnight,” Meas. V, 280. “a l. wench,” Err. V, 3, 52. Err. V, 3, 52 Err. V, 3, 52 LLL I, 2, 128. IV, 3, 385. V, 2, 25. “let love, being l., be drowned,” Err. III, 2, 52. Rom. II, 2, 105; cf. “the tune of L. o'love,” Gent. I, 2, 83. Ado III, 4, 44. otherwise 'tis l. (viz your heart) Ado III, 4, 37. “what's your dark meaning of this l. word? a l. condition in a beauty dark,” LLL V, 2, 19 LLL V, 2, 19 “a woman . . . perchance l. in the l.” II, 199. they (my shames) “are too too l.” Merch. II, 6, 42. “a l. wife doth make a heavy husband,” V, 130. “knowing thee to be but young and l.” Shr. II, 204. “in this my l. deliverance,” All's II, 1, 85. “l. vanity,” R2 II, 1, 38. “by this l. flesh,” H4B II, 4, 320. “thou mayst think my haviour l.” Rom. II, 2, 99. “false of heart, l. of ear,” Lr. III, 4, 95 (== forgetful, heedless?). “so l. so drunken, and so indiscreet an officer,” Oth. II, 3, 279 (Ff slight). “no more l. answers,” Ant. I, 2, 183.
8) not quite right, not in one's senses, deranged: “thereof comes it that his head is l.” Err. V, 72. “are his wits safe? is he not l. of brain?” Oth. IV, 1, 280. “the brain the heavier for being too l.” Cymb. V, 4, 167. cf. lightness in Hml. II, 2, 149.
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