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

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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

Example Sentences

He showed blithe disregard for the rights of others. He was blithe about the risks to his health.
Recent Examples on the Web Pursued with a blithe insistence that all would be better in this best of all possible worlds, that agenda helped seed the social chaos and despair that have been such fertile ground for the right. Kim Phillips-fein, The Atlantic, 6 Sep. 2022 Not for Bellocchio a blithe dismissal of religious belief as an obvious and antiquated folly, unworthy of our consideration. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, 15 July 2022 Indira Varma is gloriously blithe and effortless as the selfish actress and mother-from-hell, Arkadina. David Benedict, Variety, 8 July 2022 Emerald’s dancing is juxtaposed with shots of a sinister force skulking outside the house: Emerald is oblivious, and Palmer grounds the moment by performing the opposite of gravitas, endowing her body with a blithe buoyancy. New York Times, 22 July 2022 The members grabbed their backpacks, gathered up half-empty bags of chips and some clementine peels to use as compost, and alighted into a blare of car horns and the blithe clamor of a midtown Saturday night. Danyoung Kim, The New Yorker, 2 June 2022 Those who survived the plague are still scarred by their memories of it, while the blithe young adults around them can’t relate. The Salt Lake Tribune, 11 May 2022 What would, today, be dismissed as garish act of patriotism was somehow symbolic of the bold, blithe zeitgeist. CNN, 23 Feb. 2022 Sywak plans to purchase tickets this week for Tori Amos’ L.A. concerts in June and is taking a blithe approach. Melissa Ruggieri, USA TODAY, 7 Feb. 2022 See More

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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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“Blithe.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2022.

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ˈblīth How to pronounce blithe (audio)
blither; blithest
: free from worry : merry, cheerful
She let out a quick, blithe laugh. Kevin Henkes, Olive's Ocean

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