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 two teams had been engaging in a lighthearted back-and-forth all weekend on social media. Los Angeles Times, "Alejandro Bedoya is named MLS player of the week after in-game call for gun control," 6 Aug. 2019 The new show is from Damon Lindeloff, of Lost and The Leftovers, so maybe don't expect anything lighthearted. Wired Staff, WIRED, "Snowpiercer, Picard, and More Awesome Trailers Hit Comic-Con," 20 July 2019 Social media reporter Alexa Datt returns, for instance, already aware of how to blend a typical field reporter’s responsibilities with the more lighthearted elements she’ll be involved with once again Thursday. Jacob Feldman,, "What to Expect from YouTube's Exclusive Live MLB Game Broadcast," 18 July 2019 Director Larry Sousa also re-creates the musical’s snappy style, pacing and lighthearted humor. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: ‘Dice’ at North Coast Rep is charming and nostalgic but score needs work," 15 July 2019 In lighthearted post, Saville shared photos of her father Jeff modeling different outfits asking her for advice on the best option for his date that night. Rebecca Hennes, Houston Chronicle, "Friendswood teen's hilarious post of father asking for dating advice goes viral," 11 July 2019 From Hyde Park to North Mayfair, neighborhood holiday celebrations throughout the city were lively, lighthearted and filled with a shared sense of community pride on this quintessential American holiday. Christy Gutowski,, "Chicago’s neighborhoods celebrate July Fourth: ‘I just tell her it’s the God Bless America day.’," 4 July 2019 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

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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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