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 mood may have been lighthearted, but Lizzo’s debut required major league fashion. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Watch Lizzo Make Pink Her Power Color at the Met Gala," 9 May 2019 The connection between them was immediate and intense but also, somehow, lighthearted. Sasha Weiss, New York Times, "Justin Peck Is Making Ballet That Speaks to Our Everyday Lives," 10 May 2018 In this living room area by Commune Design, the pendant is delightfully oversized, giving the otherwise formal, sophisticated, and handsome living room a more lighthearted and casual touch. Hadley Mendelsohn, House Beautiful, "The Under-$10 Trend That Looks Expensive," 4 Apr. 2019 While Takei is vocal in his political activism, his social media presence is mostly lighthearted, sharing funny videos, memes and thoughts with his slew of followers. Tyler Mccarthy, Fox News, "George Takei explains new Trump-inspired app, says 'democracy is a very fragile thing'," 31 July 2018 But even though the show takes on heavy subject matter, there’s plenty of lighthearted action behind the scenes. Claire Dodson, Teen Vogue, "Marvel's "Cloak and Dagger" Season 2 Throws Fresh Villains in the Mix and New Social Issues to Tackle," 9 Apr. 2019 Mary Poppins Returns is a lighthearted musical fantasy, but frothy head-burying doesn’t really seem like a conclusion to the sad events that drive its story. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Mary Poppins Returns — with a sadder story and forgettable songs," 12 Dec. 2018 This feels very similar, though a bit more lighthearted than Reputation’s darker tone. Kara Nesvig, Teen Vogue, "Taylor Swift Says Fans Will Be "First to Know" When New Music Is Coming," 15 Mar. 2019 But even his most lighthearted books contained violence and death. Tom Nolan, WSJ, "‘Our Man Down in Havana’ Review: Mixing Mischief and Principle," 8 Mar. 2019

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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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