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blithe

[blahyth, blahyth]
adjective, blither, blithest.
1.
joyous, merry, or gay in disposition; glad; cheerful: Everyone loved her for her blithe spirit.
2.
without thought or regard; carefree; heedless: a blithe indifference to anyone's feelings.

Origin:
before 1000; Middle English; Old English blīthe; cognate with Old Norse blīthr, Old High German blīdi, Gothic bleiths

blitheful, adjective
blithefully, adverb
blithely, adverb
blitheness, noun
overblithe, adjective


1. happy, mirthful, sprightly, light-hearted, buoyant, joyful, blithesome.


1. joyless.
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blithe (blaɪð)
 
adj
1.  very happy or cheerful
2.  heedless; casual and indifferent
 
[Old English blīthe]
 
'blithely
 
adv
 
'blitheness
 
n

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blithe
O.E. bliþe "joyous, kind, cheerful, pleasant," from P.Gmc. *blithiz "gentle, kind" (cf. O.S. bliði "bright, happy," O.N. bliðr "mild, gentle," O.H.G. blidi "gay, friendly," Goth. bleiþs "kind, friendly, merciful"). Rare since 16c. No cognates outside Gmc. "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]
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