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

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 Amazon’s synergistic plan for a lighthearted show based on footage culled from Ring, its controversial digital doorbell, is being denounced as surveillance-state TV in the tech press, activist circles and Congress. Gary Baum, The Hollywood Reporter, 25 Aug. 2022 But the lighthearted competition show — which premieres Monday on ABC — couldn’t have come at a better time. Emily Longeretta, Variety, 11 July 2022 Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda, who previously made Still Walking and Shoplifters, follows up his disappointing 2019 English debut, The Truth, with an alluring film that explores complex topics through a lighthearted tone. Jihane Bousfiha, ELLE, 2 June 2022 Savage combines a lighthearted wit and stirring wisdom in her brief screen time, imparting comfort and a slight comedic uptick. Courtney Howard, Variety, 17 Aug. 2022 TikTok—which made its name with lighthearted videos of people dancing, but has grown to include large segments of groups discussing everything from books to international crises—was the most downloaded app of 2021. Sebastian Herrera, WSJ, 17 Aug. 2022 The brand’s fun and lighthearted appearance can also appeal to Gen Z shoppers, Gallant added. Douglas Yu, Forbes, 16 Aug. 2022 But the lighthearted buddy-action vibes sometimes sit awkwardly alongside a genuinely bleak and brutal storyline about the mine owner who controls and exploits the area. Eva Holland, Outside Online, 14 Aug. 2022 In telling a lighthearted story, Kingsbury perhaps inadvertently revealed how difficult Murray can be to work with. Ben Volin,, 6 Aug. 2022 See More

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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 27 Sep. 2022.

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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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