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 The Radikons are equally complex, but seem a little more lighthearted and sunny. Eric Asimov, New York Times, "The Polarizing Power of Orange Wine," 7 May 2020 During these uncertain times, some editors are rewatching comforting classics, while others are enjoying a little lighthearted television with comedies and reality TV. T+l Editors, Travel + Leisure, "These Are the TV Shows T+L Editors Are Binge-watching Right Now," 4 May 2020 Stearns was joking but the theme of the show was lighthearted as the Brewers tried to give fans something to smile about with baseball shut down by the COVID-19 pandemic. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brewers break up boredom of no baseball with a virtual happy hour featuring Stearns, Yount, Woodruff," 23 Apr. 2020 This year, there are additional categories that include lighthearted, whimsical fare to balance out the high drama. Garrett Mitchell, azcentral, "Scottsdale International Film Festival: What you should know," 1 Nov. 2019 The workouts inside MADHouse may seem lighthearted. Giana Han, al, "Road to the Pros: Marlon Davidson ‘living it up’ as he prepares for the NFL Draft," 23 Apr. 2020 Such a communal, lighthearted and family-focused experience saves Disney from trying to concoct an attraction that one-ups the borderline thrill ride that is the Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man at Universal’s Orlando, Fla., theme park, . Todd Martens, Los Angeles Times, "Don’t expect Disney’s Avengers Campus to be like ‘Harry Potter’ World or ‘Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge’," 11 Mar. 2020 Instead, his slur went viral because viewers can follow the races on the gaming app Twitch and eavesdrop on the drivers' typical lighthearted banter. Jenna Fryer, Houston Chronicle, "Kyle Larson fired after sponsors drop NASCAR driver over slur," 14 Apr. 2020 While the comments on her post were overwhelmingly positive and lighthearted, some of the negative opinions on the video prompted Berry to check those who seemed to have an issue with her son innocently playing dress-up. Jasmine Grant, Essence, "Halle Berry Defends A Video Of Her Son Wearing Heels: 'It's Harmless Fun!'," 6 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of lighthearted

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Lighthearted.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Jun. 2020.

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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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