\ 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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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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There is a glaring omission in this blithe assertion. WSJ, "Many Schools Took Johnny But Not the Brightest Jane," 27 Mar. 2019 The paternal blithe spirit of this book is John B. Yeats. Maureen Corrigan, WSJ, "‘Mad, Bad, Dangerous to Know’ Review: Prodigal Fathers, Difficult Sons," 25 Oct. 2018 In some ways, Green Book feels too old-fashioned, with blithe characterizations that seem ripped from an earlier era of filmmaking. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "8 movies out this month that are looking for Oscar season glory," 1 Nov. 2018 Happiness is not this yellow, blithe, floating thing. Erin Bried, Good Housekeeping, "Drew Barrymore's Journey From Child Star to Fearless Entrepreneur," 12 Apr. 2016 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

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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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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

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blithely adverb

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