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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.
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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

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Blithe

[blahyth, blahyth]
noun
  1. a female given name.
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Blythe

or Blithe

[blahyth, blahyth]
noun
  1. a female given name.
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Related Words for blithe

sprightly, jaunty, jovial, carefree, lighthearted, animated, buoyant, cheerful, cheery, gay, gleeful, jocund, jolly, joyful, merry, mirthful, sunny, vivacious, chirpy, gladsome

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British Dictionary definitions for blithe

blithe

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

Word Origin for blithe

Old English blīthe
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Word Origin and History for 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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