[ lahyt-hahr-tid ]
See synonyms for: lightheartedlightheartedlylightheartedness on

  1. carefree; cheerful; merry: a lighthearted laugh.

Origin of lighthearted

1375–1425; late Middle English ligt-herted;see light2, heart, -ed3

Other words for lighthearted

Opposites for lighthearted

Other words from lighthearted

  • light·heart·ed·ly, adverb
  • light·heart·ed·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use lighthearted in a sentence

  • Tony was gay, light-hearted as usual, belying Mrs. Haughstone's ominous prediction.

    The Wave | Algernon Blackwood
  • How little the light-hearted dragoon guessed what those two had endured together!

    The Red Year | Louis Tracy
  • The sight of the broad expanse of the park and the smell of the sweet, pure air made him light-hearted again.

    The Everlasting Arms | Joseph Hocking
  • Directly he entered her presence he seemed to forget his cynicism, and to become light-hearted and gay.

    The Everlasting Arms | Joseph Hocking
  • Strange that he should be thus happy in a receptacle of so much pain and sorrow; yet he was light-hearted as the son of a grandee.

British Dictionary definitions for light-hearted


  1. cheerful or carefree in mood or disposition

Derived forms of light-hearted

  • light-heartedly, adverb
  • light-heartedness, noun

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