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lightsome1

[lahyt-suh m] /ˈlaɪt səm/
adjective
1.
light, especially in form, appearance, or movement; airy; buoyant; agile; nimble; graceful.
2.
cheerful; gay; lighthearted.
3.
frivolous; changeable.
Origin of lightsome1
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English lyghtesum (cognate with Middle High German līhtsam). See light2, -some1
Related forms
lightsomely, adverb
lightsomeness, noun

lightsome2

[lahyt-suh m] /ˈlaɪt səm/
adjective
1.
emitting or reflecting light; luminous.
2.
well-lighted; illuminated; bright.
Origin
1400-50; late Middle English lyghtesum. See light1, -some1
Related forms
lightsomely, adverb
lightsomeness, noun
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Examples from the Web for lightsome
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  • He entered, expecting to indulge in an evening of lightsome frolic, and then lose track of the newcomer forever.

    Sister Carrie Theodore Dreiser
  • Then his own deeper one, out of its lightsome darkness: "A rainbow, child!"

    The Scapegoat Hall Caine
  • His lofty figure was as alert and lightsome as it was majestic.

  • She has the invincible gift of youth, of lightsome, winsome, 344buoyant youth.

    The Dew of Their Youth S. R. Crockett
  • Indeed, there was too lightsome a tone of flippancy all through the paper.

  • It is their preservative instinct which teaches them to be flighty, lightsome, and false.

    Beyond Good and Evil Friedrich Nietzsche
  • They should contain stoves or fireplaces, and should be perfectly dry, lightsome, and well aired.

    Riding for Ladies Mrs. Power O'Donoghue
  • Usually his manner was lightsome, but to-day it was subdued.

  • For once the sedate, studious youth had assumed a gay and lightsome manner, which completely changed his appearance.

    Englefield Grange H. B. Paull
  • There dwells the chief we all extol In timber house on lightsome knoll.

    Wild Wales George Borrow
British Dictionary definitions for lightsome

lightsome1

/ˈlaɪtsəm/
adjective (archaic or poetic)
1.
lighthearted
2.
airy or buoyant
3.
not serious; frivolous
Derived Forms
lightsomely, adverb
lightsomeness, noun

lightsome2

/ˈlaɪtsəm/
adjective (archaic or poetic)
1.
producing or reflecting light
2.
full of or flooded with light
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