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Saturday, December 23, 2017

Definitions for blithesome

  1. lighthearted; merry; cheerful: a blithesome nature.

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Citations for blithesome
Then came the merry maskers in, / And carols roared with blithesome din; / If unmelodious was the song / It was a hearty note and strong. Sir Walter Scott, Marmion, 1808
Hearing it for the first time ignited a heady rush of blithesome memories and emotions I'd not recalled or felt in years. Robin Hilton, "First Listen: 'Muppets: The Green Album'," NPR, August 14, 2011
Origin of blithesome
1715-1725
Blithesome is a much less common, somewhat affected synonym of blithe. Blithe dates back to Old English, appearing in the poems of Cynewulf, who lived probably in the 9th century. Blithesome dates from the 18th century.
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