blithe

[ blahyth, blahyth ]
/ blaɪð, blaɪθ /
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adjective, blith·er, blith·est.

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.

Nearby words

  1. blistering,
  2. blisteringly,
  3. blistery,
  4. blit,
  5. blite,
  6. blither,
  7. blithering,
  8. blithesome,
  9. blithesomely,
  10. blitt

Origin of blithe

before 1000; Middle English; Old English blīthe; cognate with Old Norse blīthr, Old High German blīdi, Gothic bleiths

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British Dictionary definitions for blitheful

blithe

/ (blaɪð) /

adjective

very happy or cheerful
heedless; casual and indifferent
Derived Formsblithely, adverbblitheness, noun

Word Origin for blithe

Old English blīthe

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Word Origin and History for blitheful

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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