carefree; cheerful; merry: a lighthearted laugh.

Origin of lighthearted

1375–1425; late Middle English ligt-herted; see light2, heart, -ed3
Related formslight·heart·ed·ly, adverblight·heart·ed·ness, noun

Synonyms for lighthearted

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

Examples from the Web for lightheartedness

Contemporary Examples of lightheartedness

  • But despite our lightheartedness, the list started to carry too much weight for too many people.

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    Why We’re Not Ranking Rabbis

    Gary Ginsberg, Michael Lynton, Abigail Pogrebin

    February 26, 2014

  • Perhaps to counterweight the Sturm und Drang of the script, there was considerable laughter and lightheartedness on the set.

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    Liz Taylor's Secret Life

    William J. Mann

    October 19, 2009

Historical Examples of lightheartedness

  • Folly is gaiety and lightheartedness, indispensable to happiness.

  • She had shed her frivolity and lightheartedness like an old garment.


    William J. Robinson

  • He let himself be irritated by the lightheartedness of Forbes.

    Their Pilgrimage

    Charles Dudley Warner

  • She could make no allowance for ignorance, for weakness, for lightheartedness.

    In the Roar of the Sea

    Sabine Baring-Gould

  • And what a boon is lightheartedness when there is work to do!

    A Word to Women

    Mrs. C. E. Humphry