Blithe
Blithe Blithe (bl[imac][th]), a. [AS. bl[=i][eth]e blithe, kind; akin to Goth. blei[thorn]s kind, Icel. bl[=i][eth]r mild, gentle, Dan. & Sw. blid gentle, D. blijd blithe, OHG. bl[=i]di kind, blithe.] Gay; merry; sprightly; joyous; glad; cheerful; as, a blithe spirit. [1913 Webster]

The blithe sounds of festal music. --Prescott. [1913 Webster]

A daughter fair, So buxom, blithe, and debonair. --Milton. [1913 Webster]


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  • blithe — blithe·ful; blithe·ly; blithe·meat; blithe·ness; blithe·some; blithe; blithe·ful·ly; blithe·some·ly; …   English syllables

  • Blithe — may refer to:* Albert Blithe (1923 1967), career soldier in the United States Army * Blithe (comics), a fictional character from DC Comicsee also* Blithe Spirit (disambiguation) …   Wikipedia

  • blithe — [blaıð US blaıð, blaıθ] adj [: Old English;] 1.) seeming not to care or worry about the effects of what you do ▪ a blithe disregard for the facts 2.) literary happy and having no worries >blithely adv ▪ He seems blithely unaware of how much… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • blithe — [ blaıð ] adjective 1. ) LITERARY happy and not worried about anything 2. ) ignoring or not realizing the real disadvantages of a situation or the possible bad results of something you do …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • blithe — (adj.) O.E. bliþe joyous, kind, cheerful, pleasant, from P.Gmc. *blithiz gentle, kind (Cf. O.S. bliði bright, happy, M.Du. blide, Du. blijde, O.N. bliðr mild, gentle, O.H.G. blidi gay, friendly, Goth. bleiþs kind, friendly, merciful ). Rare si …   Etymology dictionary

  • blithe — jocund, *merry, jovial, jolly Analogous words: gay, *lively, animated, vivacious, sprightly: joyful, joyous, lighthearted, *glad, happy, cheerful: buoyant, effervescent, volatile (see ELASTIC) Antonyms: morose: atrabilious Contrasted words: sad,… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • blithe — [adj] happy animated, buoyant, carefree, cheerful, cheery, chirpy, gay, gladsome, gleeful, jaunty, jocund, jolly, jovial, joyful, lighthearted, merry, mirthful, sprightly, sunny, vivacious; concept 404 Ant. heavyhearted, morose, sad, sorrowful,… …   New thesaurus

  • blithe — ► ADJECTIVE 1) cheerfully or thoughtlessly indifferent. 2) literary happy or joyous. DERIVATIVES blithely adverb blitheness noun. ORIGIN Old English, related to BLISS(Cf. ↑bliss) …   English terms dictionary

  • blithe — [blīth, blīth] adj. [ME < OE; ult. < IE base * bhlei , to shine, gleam] showing a cheerful, carefree disposition; lighthearted blithely adv. blitheness n …   English World dictionary

  • blithe — [[t]blaɪð, blaɪθ[/t]] adj. blith•er, blith•est 1) lighthearted in disposition; cheerful 2) heedless: a blithe disregard for someone s feelings[/ex] • Etymology: bef. 1000; ME; OE blīthe; c. OHG blīdi, ON blīthr blithe′ful, adj. blithe′ly, adv.… …   From formal English to slang

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