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blithe

[blahyth, blahyth] /blaɪð, blaɪθ/
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
1000
before 1000; Middle English; Old English blīthe; cognate with Old Norse blīthr, Old High German blīdi, Gothic bleiths
Related forms
blitheful, adjective
blithefully, adverb
blithely, adverb
blitheness, noun
overblithe, adjective
Synonyms
1. happy, mirthful, sprightly, light-hearted, buoyant, joyful, blithesome.
Antonyms
1. joyless.
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British Dictionary definitions for blitheness

blithe

/blaɪð/
adjective
1.
very happy or cheerful
2.
heedless; casual and indifferent
Derived Forms
blithely, adverb
blitheness, noun
Word Origin
Old English blīthe
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Word Origin and History for blitheness

blithe

adj.

Old English bliþe "joyous, kind, cheerful, pleasant," from Proto-Germanic *blithiz "gentle, kind" (cf. Old Saxon bliði "bright, happy," Middle Dutch blide, Dutch blijde, Old Norse bliðr "mild, gentle," Old High German blidi "gay, friendly," Gothic bleiþs "kind, friendly, merciful").

Rare since 16c. No cognates outside Germanic. "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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