verb (used without object)
Origin of blither
adjective, blith·er, blith·est.
Origin of blithe
Examples from the Web for blither
There was not in all Scotland, just then, a blither or happier woman than Bertha Morton.Ronald Morton, or the Fire Ships|W.H.G. Kingston
Doubtless a Dane could perform the offices on this particular field with a blither spirit than a native Englishman.Canute the Great|Laurence Marcellus Larson
The violins ringing;Not blither the singingOf birds in the woods and the meadows.Hurrah!Strife and Peace|Fredrika Bremer
There had never been a blither setting off from the Giant's Cairn.A Summer in Leslie Goldthwaite's Life.|Mrs. A. D. T. Whitney
The rooks cawed and blither birds sung, but nothing was so merry or so musical as my own rejoicing heart.Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Vol. 2 of 14|Elbert Hubbard
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]