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]

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.

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

Synonyms for blithe

Antonyms for blithe Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for blither

Historical Examples of blither

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for blither



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 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]

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