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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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 Since The Economist last updated the Big Mac index (BMI), our lighthearted guide to currency valuation, burger prices have remained constant in 19 of 44 countries. The Economist, "Investors are gorging on American assets," 12 July 2018 The remark was probably more lighthearted snark than dystopic soothsaying — although, fair enough, technology today has its down sides. Cate Mcquaid,, "Nam June Paik turned technology into art — and vice versa," 11 July 2018 Luann’s happy to have something lighthearted in her life after all the drama of the past year. Natalie Stone,, "Luann de Lesseps Is Dating Her Agent: 'Their Chemistry Was Instant,' Source Says," 11 July 2018 Lake Bell raises that question in this lighthearted romantic comedy. New York Times, "What’s on TV Monday: ‘In a World …’ and ‘The Workers Cup’," 9 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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