blither; blithest
: lacking due thought or consideration : casual, heedless
blithe unconcern
a blithe disregard for the rights of others
: of a happy lighthearted character or disposition
a blithe spirit
blithe enjoyment
blithely adverb
Choose the Right Synonym for 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

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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Word History


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

First Known Use

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

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

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Cite this Entry

“Blithe.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


: of a happy carefree nature
: heedless
blithe unconcern
blithely adverb

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