\ ˈblīth How to pronounce blithe (audio) , ˈblīt͟h How to pronounce blithe (audio) \
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.
Recent Examples on the Web This case got this far in large part because of the actions of Harris and Becerra in trampling on the First Amendment rights of nonprofits and their blithe disregard for the privacy and safety of donors. Dan Mclaughlin, National Review, 1 July 2021 And as Stefani, Keough twangs along in that perfectly terrible blaccent and an endless parade of pink outfits, a blithe party to her own victimization who weaponizes her tears and blinkingly proclaims her ignorance while selling Zola out. Alison Willmore, Vulture, 30 June 2021 Instead, after issuing a few sober-minded decisions on lower-profile matters, the FOB has come out with surprising aggression, showing up its minders as blithe techies ignorant of the damage their platform causes. Jacob Silverman, The New Republic, 5 May 2021 They're governed by their emotions, by their blithe morality and belief in their precious indispensability. Elliot Ackerman, Wired, 16 Feb. 2021 Communism, in some measure, gave him his morals, without laying its heavy hand on his blithe spirit. Joan Acocella, The New Yorker, 7 Dec. 2020 That was perhaps the last time a President would be so blithe about U.S. hegemony. Daniel Immerwahr, The New Yorker, 18 Nov. 2020 As Grace, Kidman seems, at times, unsure of her own character’s intentions, shifting from blithe merriment to imperious boss-lady outbursts to turned-up-to-eleven distress. Naomi Fry, The New Yorker, 9 Nov. 2020 These weren’t the blithe transactions of a slick journalist. Ben Smith, New York Times, 8 Nov. 2020

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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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“Blithe.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of blithe

: showing a lack of proper thought or care : not caring or worrying
literary : happy and without worry


\ ˈblīth How to pronounce blithe (audio) , 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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