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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. Unabridged
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  • He immediately became petulant and worried again, so she told him blithely that she would arrange things.

    Captivity M. Leonora Eyles
  • Again she looked to Halfman for support, and again Halfman yielded it blithely.

    The Lady of Loyalty House Justin Huntly McCarthy
  • But his latest autocrat was only matter-of-fact, blithely and aggravatingly matter-of-fact.

    The Missourian Eugene P. (Eugene Percy) Lyle
  • "Then let me volunteer the first for this enterprise," said Arthur blithely.

    The Art of Disappearing John Talbot Smith
  • Of this fact the young reporter seemed to be blithely ignorant.

    The Eye of Dread Payne Erskine
British Dictionary definitions for blithely


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 blithely



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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