- to talk foolishly; blather: He's blithering about some problem of his.
Origin of blither
- 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.
Origin of blithe
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Examples from the Web for blither
And the blither the tune the heavier it seemed to make my heart.The Prairie Mother
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
Im sure theres no a blither, bonnier quean in a the kintra side.The Entail
You got left out of his will, m'sieu', you talk as if he was all right—that's blither.Carnac's Folly, Complete
- very happy or cheerful
- heedless; casual and indifferent
Word Origin and History for blither
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]