Blithe definition

blīth, blīth
Frequency:
Showing a cheerful, carefree disposition; lighthearted.
adjective
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Lacking or showing a lack of due concern; casual.

Spoke with blithe ignorance of the true situation.

adjective
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Indifferent, careless, showing a lack of concern.

She had a blithe disregard of cultures outside the United States.

adjective
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The definition of blithe is cheerful or carefree or lacking in concern.

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.

adjective
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(dated or literary) Happy, cheerful.
adjective
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Carefree and lighthearted.
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Other Word Forms

Adjective

Base Form:
blithe
Comparative:
blither
Superlative:
blithest

Origin of blithe

  • Middle English from Old English blīthe

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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.

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