light·​heart·​ed ˈlīt-ˌhär-təd How to pronounce lighthearted (audio)
: free from care, anxiety, or seriousness : happy-go-lucky
a lighthearted mood
: cheerfully optimistic and hopeful : easygoing
they can be lighthearted in the midst of miseryH. J. Forman
lightheartedly adverb
lightheartedness noun

Examples of lighthearted in a Sentence

his lighthearted attitude in the face of danger was the source of some concern
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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of lighthearted was in the 15th century

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“Lighthearted.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

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light·​heart·​ed -ˈhärt-əd How to pronounce lighthearted (audio)
: free from worry
lightheartedly adverb
lightheartedness noun

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