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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For this casual afternoon get-together at the lakeside backyard of her youthful campouts, Kayne asked Oakland fiber artist Meghan Shimek to lead a lighthearted session in modern crafting. Chantal Lamers, Sunset, "Throw a Backyard Summer Camp-Inspired Bash," 22 Jan. 2018 So while the United Kingdom mulls a contentious Heathrow expansion, the BBC went down to Heathrow for something a little more lighthearted: seeing if the planespotters could identify an aircraft by engine sound alone. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "These British Planespotters Can Identify Planes By Engine Sound," 9 Dec. 2015 For example, the somewhat heavy concept of connecting to the dead was replaced with the more lighthearted idea of telling the future. Marissa Gold, Country Living, "Everything You Need to Know About the History of Halloween and Why We Celebrate It," 6 July 2018 The World Cup is entering its second week of group stage play, and while there have been a number of sensational goals and controversial moments to dissect and discuss, the tournament has also given us some lighthearted viral moments. Nick Schwartz, For The Win, "6 delightful World Cup moments you may have missed," 21 June 2018 One antidote for blockbuster fatigue during the summer is a loose, lighthearted and playful comedy. Author: Katie Walsh, Anchorage Daily News, "Review: Like the game, ‘Tag’ is a whole lot of fun," 14 June 2018 But what people don’t always realize — and what seems to get dangerously little mainstream attention — is how the meme media format, which often appears lighthearted and harmless, has hurt people and our democracy. Jennifer Grygiel, Teen Vogue, "How Memes Are Being Co-Opted By the Alt-Right to Spread Conspiracy Theories," 19 May 2018 TheatreWorks Florida’s latest production is quite different than its typical fare of lighthearted musicals. Matthew J. Palm,, "'Vet Voices' uses theater to come to veterans' aid," 12 July 2018 The Carrollton Texas Police Department published a lighthearted video showing its officers facing off against a bug, slipping while in the pursuit of a suspect, and running into a glass wall. Fernando Alfonso Iii, Houston Chronicle, "Texas police department showcases their best bloopers caught on camera," 12 July 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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exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

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