Origin of blitheMiddle English from OE; ultimately from Indo-European base an unverified form bhlei-, to shine, gleam
Blithe would describe these playing children.
- An example of blithe is a happy little girl playing with her friends.
- An example of blithe is someone who lights up a cigarette in a no-smoking zone.
- Carefree and lighthearted.
- Lacking or showing a lack of due concern; casual: spoke with blithe ignorance of the true situation.
Origin of blitheMiddle English from Old English blīthe
(comparative blither, superlative blithest)
From Middle English blithe, from Old English blīþe (“blithe, joyous, cheerful, pleasant; gracious, well-disposed, friendly, kind; agreeable, willing; quiet, peaceful, gentle”), from Proto-Germanic *blīþiz (“mild, pleasing, friendly”), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰlī- (“light, pleasant, fine”), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰel- (“to shine”). Cognate Scots blithe (“joyous, cheerful, happy, well-pleased”), North Frisian blid (“happy, glad”), West Frisian bliid (“glad, happy, joyful, joyous”), Dutch blijde, blij (“blithe, happy, joyous, glad”), German dialectal blid, blied (“glad, happy, cheerful”), Danish blid (“gentle”), Swedish blid (“mild, gentle, bland”), Icelandic blíður (“gentle, kind, friendly, mild”). Related to bliss.