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[blahyth, blahyth] /blaɪð, blaɪθ/
adjective, blither, blithest.
joyous, merry, or happy in disposition; glad; cheerful:
Everyone loved her for her blithe spirit.
without thought or regard; carefree; heedless:
a blithe indifference to anyone's feelings.
Origin of blithe
before 1000; Middle English; Old English blīthe; cognate with Old Norse blīthr, Old High German blīdi, Gothic bleiths
Related forms
blitheful, adjective
blithefully, adverb
blithely, adverb
blitheness, noun
overblithe, adjective
1. happy, mirthful, sprightly, light-hearted, buoyant, joyful, blithesome.
1. joyless.


[blahyth, blahyth] /blaɪð, blaɪθ/
a female given name.


or Blithe

[blahyth, blahyth] /blaɪð, blaɪθ/
a female given name. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • When I started out today I was a blithe young thing, feeling life in every limb, as the poet says.

    More Tish Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • But the cockney's spirits were blithe as the clouds were black.

    Waring's Peril Charles King
  • Far better the blithe modern pagan in his white tie and evening clothes, and his facile philosophy.

  • The world is blithe and gay—except for one depressing thought.

    Ship-Bored Julian Street
  • True and fair I married her, when she was blithe and young; And Betsey was al'ays good to me, exceptin' with her tongue.

    Farm Ballads Will Carleton
  • “Your news is music,” she said, and her voice was as blithe as a song.

    The Lady of Loyalty House Justin Huntly McCarthy
  • In the momentary silence that ensued the blithe jingling of bells was heard, accompanied by the merry sound of tabor and pipe.

    The Lancashire Witches William Harrison Ainsworth
British Dictionary definitions for blithe


very happy or cheerful
heedless; casual and indifferent
Derived Forms
blithely, adverb
blitheness, noun
Word Origin
Old English blīthe
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Word Origin and History for blithe

Old English bliþe "joyous, kind, cheerful, pleasant," from Proto-Germanic *blithiz "gentle, kind" (cf. Old Saxon bliði "bright, happy," Middle Dutch blide, Dutch blijde, Old Norse bliðr "mild, gentle," Old High German blidi "gay, friendly," Gothic bleiþs "kind, friendly, merciful").

Rare since 16c. No cognates outside Germanic. "The earlier application was to the outward expression of kindly feeling, sympathy, affection to others, as in Gothic and ON.; but in OE. the word had come more usually to be applied to the external manifestation of one's own pleased or happy frame of mind, and hence even to the state itself." [OED]

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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