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Frank J. Wilstach, comp. A Dictionary of Similes. 1916.

Light (Adjective)

Light as the leaf that summer’s breeze
Has wafted o’er the glassy seas.

Light as flake of foam.
—Hans Christian Andersen

Light and clean as the foaming surf that the wind severs from the broken wave.

Light and speedy as a steam-roller.

Light as a fly.

Light as a sack of feathers.

Light as down.

Passed as light as October leaves blown over the forest floor.

Light as the leaf of the aspen.

Light as the bow with its gay blossoms springing.

Light as the spider’s silken lair.

Light as thistledown.

Light as vain praise.

Light as whipped cream.

Oaths as light as wind.

Light enough to float in the sweat of an ice pitcher.

Light-hearted as a robin.

As light as leafe on tree.
—Old English Ballad

Light as hope.
—Charles Pierre Baudelaire

Light as a wind-blown leaf.
—Charlotte Becker

Light as cobwebs.
—R. D. Blackmore

Light-footed as a hare.
—Hjalmar Hjorth Boyesen

Light as the fabric which swells in the ambient air.
—Samuel Boyse

Light as a feather whisk.
—Robert Browning

Light as the whispers of a dream.
—William Cullen Bryant

Light as a faint wreath of snow
That tremblest to fall in the wind.
—Robert Buchanan

Light as day.
—John Bunyan

Light as any lambie.
—Robert Burns

Light as a Nereid in her ocean sledge.
—Lord Byron

Light as dreams.
—Giosuè Carducci

Light as gossamer.
—Thomas Carlyle

Light as winds that stir the willow.
—Alice Cary

Light as leef on lynde.
—Geoffrey Chaucer

Light as the busy clouds.
—Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Light as the sea-fowl rocking in the storm.
—James Fenimore Cooper

Light as froth.
—John Davies

Light as a snowflake.
—Austin Dobson

Light as an empty dream at break of day.
—John Dryden

Light as the vapours of a morning dream.
—John Dryden

Light as the light.
—George Farquhar

Light as air.
—Henry Fielding

Light as the feather on the head of beaux.
—John Gay

Light as vapor.
—Richard Hovey

Light like a sunbeam shattered into mist.
—Richard Hovey

Light-hearted as a boy.
—Richard Hovey

Light as a rustling foot on last year’s leaves.
—Jean Ingelow

Light … as cork.
—Henry James

Light as love’s angel.
—Letitia Elizabeth Landon

Light as fairy footsteps.
—Evan MacColl

As light as a leaf unbound
From the grasp of its parent tree.
—Ernest McGaffey

Light as the flying seed-ball.
—George Meredith

Light as a bubble that flies from the tub,
Whisked by the laundry-wife out of her suds.
—George Meredith

Steps … light as though a winged angel trod,
Over earth’s flowers, and feared to brush away,
Their delicate hues.
—Henry Hart Milman

Light as the angel shapes that bless
An infant’s dream.
—Thomas Moore

Light as the bridegrooms bound to their young loves.
—Thomas Moore

Light and feathery as squirrel-tails.
—John Muir

Light as the breeze that brushed the orient dew.
—Samuel Rogers

Light as the tinkling leaves, that wander wide
When Vallombrosa mourns her pride.
—John Ruskin

Light as a happy wave.
—Friedrich von Schiller

Light as the dancing skiff borne on the silvery tide.
—Friedrich von Schiller

Light as the rainbow’s leap into space.
—Friedrich von Schiller

Light as a beam of Dian.
—Owen Seaman

Trifles light as air.
—William Shakespeare

Light as the mote that danceth in the beam.
—H. and J. Smith

Light as a feather.

Light as a lady’s plumes.
—Robert Southey

Light as a robe of peace.
—Robert Southey

Light as a warrior’s summer-garb in peace.
—Robert Southey

Light as a laugh of glee.
—Algernon Charles Swinburne

Heart is as light as a leaf on a tree.
—Algernon Charles Swinburne

Light as a spring south-wind.
—Algernon Charles Swinburne

Light as foam.
—Algernon Charles Swinburne

Light as laugh of flame.
—Algernon Charles Swinburne

Light as riotous insolence.
—Algernon Charles Swinburne

A hand at the door taps light as the hand of my heart’s delight.
—Algernon Charles Swinburne

Light as the spray that disperses.
—Algernon Charles Swinburne

Light as floating leaf of orchard snow, loosed by the pulse of Spring.
—Bayard Taylor

Gallop … light as any antelope upon the hills of the Gavilòn.
—Bayard Taylor

Light as the singing bird that wings the air.
—Alfred Tennyson

Light as a dry leaf in the winter woods.
—Celia Thaxter

A step as light as the summer air.
—John Greenleaf Whittier

Light as a buoyant bark from wave to wave.
—William Wordsworth

Light as a sunbeam glides along the hills.
—William Wordsworth