\ˈblīth, ˈblīt͟h \
blither; blithest

Definition of blithe 

1 : lacking due thought or consideration : casual, heedless blithe unconcern a blithe disregard for the rights of others

2 : of a happy lighthearted character or disposition a blithe spirit blithe enjoyment

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Other Words from blithe

blithely adverb

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merry, blithe, jocund, jovial, jolly mean showing high spirits or lightheartedness. merry suggests cheerful, joyous, uninhibited enjoyment of frolic or festivity. a merry group of revelers blithe suggests carefree, innocent, or even heedless gaiety. arrived late in his usual blithe way jocund stresses elation and exhilaration of spirits. singing, dancing, and jocund feasting jovial suggests the stimulation of conviviality and good fellowship. dinner put them in a jovial mood jolly suggests high spirits expressed in laughing, bantering, and jesting. our jolly host enlivened the party

Examples of blithe in a Sentence

He showed blithe disregard for the rights of others. He was blithe about the risks to his health.

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Abetted by the longtime producer and songwriter Babyface, the music stays sparse and cunning; trap percussion and blithe backup voices pop in, affirm her, and vanish. New York Times, "The Playlist: Christina Aguilera’s Bizarre Puzzle, and 13 More New Songs," 4 May 2018 The easygoing comic actor snags laughs by his lonesome, simply by providing deadpan reactions and blithe non sequiturs while others strain for effect. Michael Phillips,, "'Tag' review: Don't these guys have anything else to do?," 14 June 2018 This swerving tone—from blithe to pitiable, humorous to harrowing—works well in the books, when we are glued to Patrick’s side and treated to his acid tongue and exquisite descriptions. Rachel Syme, The New Republic, "Is Patrick Melrose Too Glamorous?," 17 May 2018 In the 1920s and ‘30s, Davies’s blithe spirit oversaw countless beach parties, costume balls, and picnics on the property, which featured a massive Georgian Revival mansion, guest homes, and a pool designed by famed architect Julia Morgan. Hadley Meares, Los Angeles Magazine, "10 Historic L.A. Places to Visit on a Sunny Day," 14 May 2018 In the context of the Comey firing and the simmering suspicions about Russian collusion, Trump’s blithe disclosure was a grave blunder. Kathryn Schulz, The New Yorker, "McMaster and Commander," 23 Apr. 2018 Mr Trump is blithe about debts and deficits, insisting that tax cuts passed in 2017 will pay for themselves. The Economist, "Paul Ryan’s retirement suggests his brand of conservatism has lost," 12 Apr. 2018 Williams' candor is certainly a departure from the often-blithe tabloid message that celebrities return, flat-abbed and fierce, two weeks after leaving the maternity ward, setting an absurd and impossible standard for normal women everywhere. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "Serena Williams Gets Real About How Hard It Is to Return From Maternity Leave—Even For A Superstar," 22 Mar. 2018 One reason Eli Roth’s new Death Wish remake arrives with such low expectations may be that the old movie’s blithe acceptance of white-male vigilantism feels cheap and out of touch with the culture today. Caryn James, The Hollywood Reporter, "Critic's Notebook: The Moral Complexity of Today's Film and TV Vigilantes," 1 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of blithe

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for blithe

Middle English, from Old English blīthe; akin to Old High German blīdi joyous

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The first known use of blithe was before the 12th century

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English Language Learners Definition of blithe

: showing a lack of proper thought or care : not caring or worrying

: happy and without worry


\ˈblīth, ˈblīt͟h\
blither; blithest

Kids Definition of blithe

: free from worry : merry, cheerful She let out a quick, blithe laugh.— Kevin Henkes, Olive's Ocean

Other Words from blithe

blithely adverb

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to reject or criticize sharply

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