from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The quality of being lightsome or not heavy.
  • noun The state or quality of being lightsome or of emitting or showing light, luminousness.

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  • noun archaic The quality of being lightsome.

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  • noun the trait of being lighthearted and frivolous
  • noun the cheerful feeling you have when nothing is troubling you
  • noun the gracefulness of a person or animal that is quick and nimble


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lightsome +‎ -ness


  • There is about her a certain lightsomeness, a glow or flash almost Latin or oriental, or perhaps Celtic.

    Kempton-Wace Letters

  • We must reflect that, since the many forms of lives are movements — and so with the Intellections — they cannot be identical: there must be different lives, distinct intellections, degrees of lightsomeness and clarity: there must be firsts, seconds, thirds, determined by nearness to the Firsts.

    The Six Enneads.

  • This results in that flexibility and lightsomeness of the voice, which is one of the most important features in the telling of the tale.

    A Study of Fairy Tales

  • She is first and best in lightsomeness of temper, for the eastern is known as essentially a tragic genius.

    Adventures in the Arts Informal Chapters on Painters, Vaudeville, and Poets

  • There was a chatter of voices in the drawing-room, a chatter of a lightsomeness that Henson had never heard before.

    The Crimson Blind

  • It was fixed during the very years that are for youth the age of lightsomeness, of joy, of budding bloom, during those three years and four months of captivity in the Tower of the Temple when she saw die, one after another, her father, her mother, her aunt, her brother.

    The Ruin of a Princess

  • Francis's lightsomeness had its source in that entire surrender of everything present and passing, in which he had found the interior liberty of the children of God; it drew its strength from his intimate union with Jesus in the Holy

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 6: Fathers of the Church-Gregory XI

  • "Our citizenship" is to be "in heaven," and we are to "shew forth the excellencies of God" in the lightsomeness and spirituality of His people.

    The Epistles of St. Peter

  • Brooding sensitiveness and responsibility passed into lightsomeness.

    Villa Elsa A Story of German Family Life

  • Carlisle responded to this sensible treatment with what lightsomeness she could muster; but the odd truth was that she hardly listened to

    V. V.'s Eyes


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