Meaning of featherweight

feath•er•weight

Pronunciation: (fe'ur-wāt"), [key]
— 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, but he's just a featherweight.
—adj.
  1. belonging to the class of featherweights, esp. in boxing.
  2. extremely light in weight: a featherweight quilt.
  3. unimportant; trifling; slight.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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