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[blith -er] /ˈblɪð ər/
verb (used without object)
to talk foolishly; blather:
He's blithering about some problem of his.
Origin of blither
First recorded in 1865-70; variant of blather


[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.
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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Examples from the Web for blither
Historical Examples
  • To-night, however, she was even in a blither mood than usual.

  • He is blither and at the same time he is more solemnly abstracted.

    The Prairie Child Arthur Stringer
  • You got left out of his will, m'sieu', you talk as if he was all right—that's blither.

    Carnac's Folly, Complete Gilbert Parker
  • Im sure theres no a blither, bonnier quean in a the kintra side.

    The Entail John Galt
  • I don't know that I ever saw a blither young fellow until about the time the finding of that board of survey was announced.

    'Laramie;' Charles King
  • The rooks cawed and blither birds sung, but nothing was so merry or so musical as my own rejoicing heart.

  • There had never been a blither setting off from the Giant's Cairn.

  • Doubtless a Dane could perform the offices on this particular field with a blither spirit than a native Englishman.

    Canute the Great Laurence Marcellus Larson
  • A blither spectacle than the vigour with which he sets about the task, it were hard to fancy.

  • The violins ringing;Not blither the singingOf birds in the woods and the meadows.Hurrah!

    Strife and Peace Fredrika Bremer
British Dictionary definitions for blither


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 blither

1868, variant of blether "talk nonsense," 1520s, a northern British and Scottish word, from Middle English blather (see blather (v.)). Related: Blithered; blithering.



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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