light·​heart·​ed | \ˈlīt-ˌhär-təd \

Definition of lighthearted 

1 : free from care, anxiety, or seriousness : happy-go-lucky a lighthearted mood

2 : cheerfully optimistic and hopeful : easygoing they can be lighthearted in the midst of misery— H. J. Forman

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Other Words from lighthearted

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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The Sweet Tooth Salaryman has that same tension, but with a much more lighthearted premise. Verge Staff, The Verge, "The Verge’s guide to tolerable family streaming entertainment," 21 Nov. 2018 First lady Melania Trump joined her husband for the act of mercy carried out during a lighthearted ceremony in the White House Rose Garden. Darlene Superville, The Seattle Times, "Trump grants poultry pardons to turkeys Peas and Carrots," 20 Nov. 2018 He's made a few other lighthearted comments in the last few months. Elizabeth Angell, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Are Pregnant With Their First Child," 15 Oct. 2018 This will likely provide a dark undertone to a more lighthearted season 2. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "Everything We Know So Far About 'Star Trek: Discovery' Season 2," 5 Sep. 2018 Don't expect a lighthearted romp from there, however. Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, "Kin: If you can’t pick your family, hopefully you can find space weapons," 1 Sep. 2018 My Instagram post was meant to be fun and lighthearted, it was misunderstood as something other than that. Fox News, "Gwyneth Paltrow denies Amber Rose’s theory that she’s ‘Becky,’ slept with Jay-Z," 2 Oct. 2018 My theory: Female-focused entertainment is still viewed as frothy, whimsical, and lighthearted. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Lady Gaga Didn't Need A Star Is Born to Be Taken Seriously," 28 Sep. 2018 Fabulous service conducted by Trish Harrogate, chief Registrar for Devon, who set the perfect but lighthearted tone for what is a serious occasion. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Queen Elizabeth's Cousin Lord Ivar Mountbatten Has Married in the First Same-Sex Royal Wedding," 24 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of lighthearted

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of lighthearted

: having or showing a cheerful and happy nature

: not serious


light·​heart·​ed | \ˈlīt-ˈhär-təd \

Kids Definition of lighthearted

: free from worry

Other Words from lighthearted

lightheartedly adverb
lightheartedness noun

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