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

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The atmosphere in the hotel ballroom is jovial and lighthearted because everyone in Hollywood knows that winning, or losing, doesn’t actually signify anything about their artistic merit. Ben Fritz, WSJ, "What the Golden Globes Gets Right," 7 Jan. 2019 Courtesy of Ro The resulting branding is sleek and appealing, but not especially lighthearted. Eliza Brooke, Vox, "Two-thirds of US smokers say they want to quit. This company has a new idea for helping them.," 18 Sep. 2018 The couple have shown off their lighthearted love on both social media and reality TV. Marie Milano, Country Living, "'NCIS: LA' Star Eric Christian Olsen and His Wife Sarah Wright Are the Cutest Couple Ever," 20 Jan. 2019 Note that Christine Blasey Ford *still,* in this context, felt the need to make a lighthearted joke to ease the palpable discomfort of the men around her. Jenny Hollander, Marie Claire, "Listening to Dr. Ford's Testimony, People Are Heartbroken," 27 Sep. 2018 And while there were still a fair share of fun, lighthearted posts (though still no sight of a Taylor Swift party), famous folks got decidedly more political with their tweets this year. Hannah Yasharoff, USA TODAY, "Chrissy Teigen, Ellen DeGeneres and other celebrities got political this July 4th," 4 July 2018 First, there come those lighthearted jokes about one another’s movie tastes. John Kass,, "Why do we ever do family movie night? It’s hell," 4 May 2018 How to be a Popular Hostess, and set out create a line that would inspire the same lighthearted, whimsical approach to hostessing. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "Dressing for Dinner Is All the More Fun with Emilia Wickstead’s New Line of Coordinating Table Linens," 29 July 2018 Did things get a little more lighthearted for you all once the cameras were off? Adam Rathe, Town & Country, "Is Gypsy Your Next Netflix Obsession?," 28 June 2017

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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 How to pronounce lighthearted (audio) \

Kids Definition of lighthearted

: free from worry

Other Words from lighthearted

lightheartedly adverb
lightheartedness noun

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