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 Every year, the scene seemed to get younger, more diverse, more experimental, more lighthearted, more confident. Emily Witt, The New Yorker, 24 June 2021 The dance, first performed in 1978, is one of the company’s more lighthearted, upbeat works, with witty and absurdist sections for which Mr. York sampled all sorts of rhythms — from Latin mambos to a takeoff of Aaron Copland. New York Times, 13 June 2021 Still, beneath those lighthearted and playful cracks, a layer of COVID-19 complexity is lurking around the NFL as the quest to get players vaccinated before training camps being next month drags on. Dan Wiederer,, 9 June 2021 But alas, the Los Angeles Times reported that the moment, like most like most lighthearted Oscar bits, was scripted. Washington Post, 26 Apr. 2021 Much of the Jewish education on Clubhouse is more lighthearted than the Holocaust storytelling. Raisa Bruner, Time, 6 May 2021 But unlike those records, The Who Sell Out was funny and lighthearted, a far cry from the bids for Serious Art that the band would make in later years. Kory Grow, Rolling Stone, 27 Apr. 2021 For a more lighthearted and fun date night, check out this question game for couples that consists of three categories: talk, flirt and dare. Lindsay Tigar, CNN Underscored, 6 Apr. 2021 The lighthearted and appropriately named Holiday House is a kitschy, design-forward hideaway tucked right off Palm Canyon Drive. Krista Simmons, Condé Nast Traveler, 30 Mar. 2021

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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 29 Jul. 2021.

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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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