16th century, from hundred + weight. Noun

hundredweight (plural hundredweight)

  1. (North America) A measure of weight containing 100 avoirdupois pounds (45.5 kg).
    Synonyms: cental, centner, short hundredweight, quintal
  2. (UK) A measure of weight containing 8 stone or 112 avoirdupois pounds (51 kg).
    Synonyms: long hundredweight, imperial hundredweight

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