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blithe

[blahyth, blahyth]
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adjective, blith·er, blith·est.
  1. joyous, merry, or happy in disposition; glad; cheerful: Everyone loved her for her blithe spirit.
  2. 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 formsblithe·ful, adjectiveblithe·ful·ly, adverbblithe·ly, adverbblithe·ness, nouno·ver·blithe, adjective

Synonyms

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1. happy, mirthful, sprightly, light-hearted, buoyant, joyful, blithesome.

Antonyms

1. joyless.
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Examples from the Web for blithely

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  • "That will I," said Alleyne, blithely, and bent to the task.

    The White Company

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • And yet if Justus Miles had been able to look ahead he might not have talked so blithely.

    The Heads of Apex

    Francis Flagg

  • "Between ourselves, it isn't worth a damn," the other blithely assured him.

    The Market-Place

    Harold Frederic

  • “This is life,” Brand said, blithely, as he leaped from his steaming horse.

    The Traitors

    E. Phillips (Edward Phillips) Oppenheim

  • Vertogor rejoiced greatly and blithely recommenced his work.

    Russian Fairy Tales

    W. R. S. Ralston


British Dictionary definitions for blithely

blithe

adjective
  1. very happy or cheerful
  2. heedless; casual and indifferent
Derived Formsblithely, adverbblitheness, noun

Word Origin

Old English blīthe
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Word Origin and History for blithely

blithe

adj.

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]

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