lighthearted

adjective
light·​heart·​ed | \ ˈlīt-ˌhär-təd How to pronounce lighthearted (audio) \

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
Recent Examples on the Web Even the most lighthearted videos on Prison TikTok serve an important political purpose, says Thompson. Adam Lashinsky, Fortune, "Riding Apple’s coattails to an IPO," 2 July 2020 But even those signs of change don’t exactly inspire the kind of lighthearted summer tippling that this season typically prompts. M. Carrie Allan, Washington Post, "Refreshing cocktails to carry us through a summer like no other," 8 July 2020 Another layer of risk for TikTok comes from the fact that the platform, which promotes itself as being a lighthearted place, is starting to see an increase in political activism and expression. Jane Li, Quartz, "TikTok’s Hong Kong exit isn’t a stand against Beijing’s internet censorship," 7 July 2020 Even the most lighthearted videos on Prison TikTok serve an important political purpose, says Thompson. Adam Lashinsky, Fortune, "Riding Apple’s coattails to an IPO," 2 July 2020 But her TikTok, so far, has been reserved for more lighthearted activities, like goofing around and inspiring us to re-binge You. Julyssa Lopez, Glamour, "Shay Mitchell Dresses Up as Peach From You and Emily From Pretty Little Liars for TikTok Challenge," 4 July 2020 Even the most lighthearted videos on Prison TikTok serve an important political purpose, says Thompson. Adam Lashinsky, Fortune, "Riding Apple’s coattails to an IPO," 2 July 2020 Even the most lighthearted videos on Prison TikTok serve an important political purpose, says Thompson. Louise Matsakis, Wired, "Behind Bars, but Still Posting on TikTok," 1 July 2020 But a similar attempt in Dearborn to use lighthearted humor to get people to stay at least 6 feet apart during the pandemic has backfired as tone deaf and insensitive to the city’s large Arab American population. Chanel Stitt, Detroit Free Press, "'Shawarma' social distancing signs in Dearborn removed after backlash," 30 June 2020

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First Known Use of lighthearted

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Lighthearted.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lighthearted. Accessed 12 Aug. 2020.

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lighthearted

adjective
How to pronounce lighthearted (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of lighthearted

: having or showing a cheerful and happy nature
: not serious

lighthearted

adjective
light·​heart·​ed | \ ˈlīt-ˈhär-təd How to pronounce lighthearted (audio) \

Kids Definition of lighthearted

: free from worry

Other Words from lighthearted

lightheartedly adverb
lightheartedness noun

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