adjective, blith·er, blith·est.
Origin of blithe
Examples from the Web for blithe
Sadly, Republicans—who have repeatedly slammed Obama for this kind of blithe incoherence—are not immune to the same disorder.
I missed Don's chiseled mug and Roger's blithe wisecracks and Peggy's prickly chutzpah.Mad Men’s Dramatic Déjà Vu: ‘Time Zones’ Feels Redundant|Andrew Romano|April 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Flashing a smug grin while throwing up your collective shoulders in blithe befuddlement should convince absolutely no one.
Yet we have a great deal to make us glad, and just now I feel as blithe as a bird.The Thorn in the Nest|Martha Finley
It was like his old-time thoughtfulness and gentleness, when he was her own blithe, merry schoolboy, she thought.Culm Rock|Glance Gaylord
But Reuben had leaped to the conquest, and carried a blithe heart with him.
He was a lithe, blithe boy; his chocolate coloured skin shone and the muscles rippled as he trotted along.The Book of Missionary Heroes|Basil Mathews
But what is lightsome and blithe in her, was debonaire in him.The Little Lady of the Big House|Jack London
Word Origin 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]