Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Not being burdened by trouble, worry, or care; happy and carefree. See Synonyms at glad1.

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  • adj. Joyful, glad, taking pleasure in being alive. Not depressed or sad.
  • adj. Enjoyable lack of seriousness, not grave.

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Examples

  • I told Myra, and we're standing there in lighthearted conversation, leaning against each other like girlfriends, when the cop gets out and walks stiffbacked over to us.

    GINNY BATES: BACK TO HOW IT ALL BEGAN

  • He helped the climb pass by engaging in lighthearted conversation, keeping my mental focus away from the heaviness in my legs.

    USATODAY.com - Up the mountain but not yet over the hill

  • Some of those present indulged in lighthearted banter about a few of these cases, asking if anyone really supposed they could lead to war.

    Louis Renault - Nobel Lecture

  • Sticking to the mundane and the lighthearted was his way of being protective with the people he loved.

    A Lesson Before Dying

  • They were solid working-class guys who could just take it and remain lighthearted.

    James McBride discusses Song Yet Sung

  • He recalled a lighthearted conversation with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, in which he noted he was the only member of the court from the West Coast, though there are already three from

    Ventura County Star Stories

  • "I won" the election, he told Republicans on Friday when pressed about his tax policy -- a comment both the White House and GOP leaders described as lighthearted, though also matter-of-fact.

    CNSNews.com Headlines

  • "I won," he said, in what White House press secretary Robert Gibbs described as a lighthearted moment that prompted laughter in the room.

    Breaking News - The Post Chronicle

  • "I won" the election, he told Republicans on Friday when pressed about his tax policy - a comment both the White House and GOP leaders described as lighthearted, though also matter-of-fact.

    Top Stories - Google News

  • The new show, which will air on NBC, is described as a lighthearted adventure centering on a madly-in-love husband/wife duo who work together as spies.

    Approaching Lost

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