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

  • adj. Carefree and lighthearted.
  • adj. Lacking or showing a lack of due concern; casual: spoke with blithe ignorance of the true situation.

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  • adj. Happy, cheerful.
  • adj. Indifferent, careless, showing a lack of concern.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Gay; merry; sprightly; joyous; glad; cheerful.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Kind; kindly. Levins (1570).
  • Glad; merry; joyous; sprightly; mirthful; gay: in colloquial use only in Scotland: as, “I'm blithe to see you.“
  • Characterized by or full of enjoyment; gladsome: said of things.
  • Synonyms Cheerful, light-hearted, elated, buoyant.
  • n. A blithe one.
  • n. Kindness; good will; favor.
  • n. Gladness; delight.
  • To be blithe or merry.
  • To make blithe; gladden.
  • Kindly.
  • Gladly; blithely.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. lacking or showing a lack of due concern
  • adj. carefree and happy and lighthearted


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

Middle English, from Old English blīthe.

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From Middle English blithe, from Old English blīþe ("blithe, joyous, cheerful, pleasant; gracious, well-disposed, friendly, kind; agreeable, willing; quiet, peaceful, gentle"), from Proto-Germanic *blīþijaz, *blīþaz (“mild, pleasing, friendly”), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰlī- (“light, pleasant, fine”), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰel- (“to shine”). Cognate Scots blithe ("joyous, cheerful, happy, well-pleased"), North Frisian blid ("happy, glad"), West Frisian bliid ("glad, happy, joyful, joyous"), Dutch blijde, blij ("blithe, happy, joyous, glad"), German dialectal blid, blied ("glad, happy, cheerful"), Danish blid ("gentle"), Swedish blid ("mild, gentle, bland"), Icelandic blíður ("gentle, kind, friendly, mild"). Related to bliss.


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  • They slept until the black raven,

    the blithe hearted

    proclaimed the joy of heaven

    - Beowulf

    June 20, 2008