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  • adv. In a lightsome manner.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a lightsome manner.

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

  • adv. in a light-hearted manner
  • adv. moving with quick light steps


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lightsome +‎ -ly


  • The sun of autumn shone, lying like a benediction upon the land whose fruits were gathered; among the hips and haws in the hedges the birds, their family cares all over, sang lightsomely, with vacant hearts.

    A Sheaf of Corn

  • The last thing one hears of her, she is tripping up stairs to bed, talking lightsomely or warbling; and one meets her in the morning, the very image of bright morn itself, smiling briskly at you, so that one takes her for a promise of cheerfulness through the day.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 17, No. 103, May, 1866

  • Mrs. Plummet shed real tears when I told her my good news at six o'clock that night; and more tears a fortnight later when I moved out of my little hall bedroom, and my feather-weight trunk, lightsomely balanced on the shoulders of one man, was conveyed to the express-wagon and thence to new lodgings in Irving Place.

    The Fifth Wheel A Novel

  • Having made sure that the bed on which it rested was firm and moderately dry, he covered the box with a strewing of last year's leaves, cunningly trailed a bramble or two over it, and pursued his way more lightsomely, albeit still under some oppression: for the house stood formidably high, and he feared all converse with women.

    Hocken and Hunken

  • In what vernacular tongue, for instance, does Mr. Hunt find a lady's waist called _clipsome_ (p. 10) -- or the shout of a mob "enormous" (p. 9) -- or a fit, _lightsome_; -- or that a hero's nose is "_lightsomely_ brought down from a forehead of clear-spirited thought" (p. 46) -- or that his back "drops" _lightsomely in_ (p. 20).

    Famous Reviews

  • As there was no abatement of the blows of the boat against the embankment, no reply nor explanation, a shot from the gun of one of the levee-watch came skipping lightsomely over the water as

    The Crucial Moment 1911

  • Hawthorne said: "Happiness may walk soberly in dark attire as well as dance lightsomely in a gala-dress."

    Customs and Fashions in Old New England

  • 'Implying that I dislike _you_,' said Sidwell, lightsomely.

    Born in Exile

  • 'Guessed the work was going well; you sing so lightsomely to-day, Grete!


  • I know not if ever more exhilarated feelings blessed the youth; they made him trip along the silent road, in a gush of joyfulness, at the rate of some six miles an hour; I know not if ever such delicious thoughts of Emily's attachment, and those gorgeous mysteries in India, of adventure, enterprise, escape, had heretofore caused his heart to bound so lightsomely within him, like some elastic spring.

    The Twins A Domestic Novel


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