blithe

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adjective \ˈblīth, ˈblīth\

Definition of blithe

blither

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blithest

  1. 1 :  of a happy lighthearted character or disposition a blithe spirit blithe enjoyment

  2. 2 :  lacking due thought or consideration :  casual, heedless blithe unconcern a blithe disregard for the rights of others

blithely

adverb

Examples of blithe in a sentence

  1. He showed blithe disregard for the rights of others.

  2. He was blithe about the risks to his health.

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Origin and Etymology of blithe

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


First Known Use: before 12th century

Synonym Discussion of blithe

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

BLITHE Defined for English Language Learners

blithe

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adjective \ˈblīth, ˈblīth\

Definition of blithe for English Language Learners

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

  • : happy and without worry


BLITHE Defined for Kids

blithe

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adjective \ˈblīth, ˈblīth\

Definition of blithe for Students

blither

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blithest

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

blithely

adverb


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