lighthearted

adjective
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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My Instagram post was meant to be fun and lighthearted, it was misunderstood as something other than that. Fox News, "Gwyneth Paltrow denies Amber Rose’s theory that she’s ‘Becky,’ slept with Jay-Z," 2 Oct. 2018 My theory: Female-focused entertainment is still viewed as frothy, whimsical, and lighthearted. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Lady Gaga Didn't Need A Star Is Born to Be Taken Seriously," 28 Sep. 2018 Fabulous service conducted by Trish Harrogate, chief Registrar for Devon, who set the perfect but lighthearted tone for what is a serious occasion. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Queen Elizabeth's Cousin Lord Ivar Mountbatten Has Married in the First Same-Sex Royal Wedding," 24 Sep. 2018 Fabulous service conducted by Trish Harrogate, chief Registrar for Devon, who set the perfect but lighthearted tone for what is a serious occasion. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Queen's Cousin Makes History with First Same-Sex Royal Wedding," 24 Sep. 2018 As fall creeps closer, the best beauty Instagrams of the week did their best to ooze summertime vibes, packing in as much sun-worship and lighthearted detailing as possible. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "The 10 Best Beauty Instagrams of the Week: Kylie Jenner Shows Off the Manicure of the Moment (and More!)," 26 Aug. 2018 One antidote for blockbuster fatigue during the summer is a loose, lighthearted and playful comedy. Katie Walsh, Detroit Free Press, "Review: Playful ‘Tag’ is summer fluff with a heart," 15 June 2018 Everyone's surf training was thorough, based on experience, and always kept lighthearted and fun. Kara Ladd, Harper's BAZAAR, "Just Back From...Nosara, Costa Rica," 3 Apr. 2018 For this casual afternoon get-together at the lakeside backyard of her youthful campouts, Kayne asked Oakland fiber artist Meghan Shimek to lead a lighthearted session in modern crafting. Chantal Lamers, Sunset, "Throw a Backyard Summer Camp-Inspired Bash," 22 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of lighthearted

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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lighthearted

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of lighthearted

: having or showing a cheerful and happy nature

: not serious

lighthearted

adjective
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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