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[lahyt-hahr-tid] /ˈlaɪtˈhɑr tɪd/
carefree; cheerful; gay:
a lighthearted laugh.
Origin of lighthearted
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English ligt-herted; see light2, heart, -ed3
Related forms
lightheartedly, adverb
lightheartedness, noun
cheery, joyful, blithe, happy, glad, merry, jovial, jocund.
cheerless, melancholy, gloomy. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Natasha felt so lighthearted and happy in these novel surroundings that she only feared the trap would come for her too soon.

    War and Peace Leo Tolstoy
  • She evidently thought I was becoming gay and lighthearted at last.

    Kent Knowles: Quahaug Joseph C. Lincoln
  • There was nothing superficial or lighthearted, however, about the Christianity of their leader.

    Hymns and Hymnwriters of Denmark Jens Christian Aaberg
  • You were then a gay, lighthearted soldier, devoted to your duties.

  • I have become a rover and a waif, and I feel as lighthearted as a boy.

    No Surrender! G. A. Henty

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