Origin of lighterLate Middle English ; from Middle Dutch lichter ; from lichten, to make light, unload ; from licht, light
- One that ignites or kindles.
- A mechanical device for lighting a cigarette, cigar, or pipe.
transitive verblight·ered, light·er·ing, light·ers
Origin of lighterMiddle English, perhaps from lighten, to make less heavy, from Old English l&imacron;htan; see legwh- in Indo-European roots.
See light (“pale") + -er (“comparative")
See light (“ignite") + -er (“agent")
- A flat-bottomed boat for carrying heavy loads across short distances (especially for canals or for loading or unloading larger boats).
(third-person singular simple present lighters, present participle lightering, simple past and past participle lightered)
See light (“unload, lighten") + -er (“agent")
See light (“not heavy, weak") + -er (“comparative")