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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
  • And the blither the tune the heavier it seemed to make my heart.

    The Prairie Mother Arthur Stringer
  • If he was to blither, it was only fair that she should bleat back.

    Tea-Table Talk Jerome K. Jerome
  • He is blither and at the same time he is more solemnly abstracted.

    The Prairie Child Arthur Stringer
  • Im sure theres no a blither, bonnier quean in a the kintra side.

    The Entail

    John Galt
  • 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
  • These, in the main points, were only market-days of a blither kind than the common.

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

  • To-night, however, she was even in a blither mood than usual.

  • The knight and the lady were greatly at their ease; a comelier and a blither pair were never seen.

  • The rooks cawed, and blither birds sang; but nothing was so merry or so musical as my own rejoicing heart.

    Jane Eyre Charlotte Bronte
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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