blithe

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj blithe carefree and happy and lighthearted "was loved for her blithe spirit","a merry blithesome nature","her lighthearted nature","trilling songs with a lightsome heart"
    • adj blithe lacking or showing a lack of due concern "spoke with blithe ignorance of the true situation"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Blithe Gay; merry; sprightly; joyous; glad; cheerful; as, a blithe spirit. "The blithe sounds of festal music.""A daughter fair,
      So buxom, blithe , and debonair."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • blithe Kind; kindly. Levins (1570).
    • blithe Glad; merry; joyous; sprightly; mirthful; gay: in colloquial use only in Scotland: as, “I'm blithe to see you.“
    • blithe Characterized by or full of enjoyment; gladsome: said of things.
    • blithe Synonyms Cheerful, light-hearted, elated, buoyant.
    • n blithe A blithe one.
    • n blithe Kindness; good will; favor.
    • n blithe Gladness; delight.
    • blithe To be blithe or merry.
    • blithe To make blithe; gladden.
    • blithe Kindly.
    • blithe Gladly; blithely.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Blithe blīth happy: gay; sprightly
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. blīðe, blithe, kind; akin to Goth. bleiþs, kind, Icel. blīðr, mild, gentle, Dan. & Sw. blid, gentle, D. blijd, blithe, OHG. blīdi, kind, blithe
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. blíðe, joyful. See Bliss.

Usage

In literature:

There was a time when America was blithe with self-confidence.
"The New Freedom" by Woodrow Wilson
He called it a blithe spirit, you know, because it sang.
"Living Alone" by Stella Benson
I'm no so young myself as I once was, but I like the company of the blithe young lads and lasses.
"Elsie's New Relations" by Martha Finley
Marian, running on blithely, gave him no opportunity to make his adieux.
"A Hoosier Chronicle" by Meredith Nicholson
That young man smiled blithely.
"Heart's Desire" by Emerson Hough
Blithely then did Kriemhild send for four-and-twenty buckles, all inlaid with precious stones, and these did she give to Siegfried.
"Young Folks Treasury, Volume 2 (of 12)" by Various
John Taylor left the conference blithely.
"The Quest of the Silver Fleece" by W. E. B. Du Bois
In the momentary silence that ensued the blithe jingling of bells was heard, accompanied by the merry sound of tabor and pipe.
"The Lancashire Witches" by William Harrison Ainsworth
He arranged for a share in a two-berth cabin quite blithely.
"Captivity" by M. Leonora Eyles
Nevertheless, Simon permitted himself to be blithe, even offensively blithe.
"Hugo" by Arnold Bennett
He longed to have Marie about again, blithe and pretty; and to be rid of this pack.
"Married Life" by May Edginton
On the boat these carefree men gazed blithely upon the shipping.
"Plum Pudding" by Christopher Morley
His demerits, indeed, served to bring the meal to a blithe and chatty close.
"The Seeker" by Harry Leon Wilson
She beamed when she saw the old rooms alive and alight with fresh and laughing faces and blithe figures.
"Slippy McGee, Sometimes Known as the Butterfly Man" by Marie Conway Oemler
And no brace or halyard was pulled but to the blithe songs of the inspirited negroes.
"The Piazza Tales" by Herman Melville
She met it with a blithe wave of her handkerchief, and Mary waved vigorously in response.
"The Little Colonel's Chum: Mary Ware" by Annie Fellows Johnston
The warriors were blithe, Courageous in mind; queen joyed in her journey.
"Elene; Judith; Athelstan, or the Fight at Brunanburh; Byrhtnoth, or the Fight at Maldon; and the Dream of the Rood" by Anonymous
Then, as he had plenty of time, he took the train to Charing Cross and walked blithely down the Strand.
"The Lighted Way" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
Never was hardier or braver man, or one more cheerful and blithe.
"French and English" by Evelyn Everett-Green
He jumped blithely out of bed.
"I.N.R.I." by Peter Rosegger
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In poetry:

There is blithe Jamie Barr,
Frae St. Barchan's toun,
When wit gets a kingdom,
He's sure o' the crown;
"The Five Friends" by Robert Tannahill
So it can woo an artful flute
With loose elastic lips
Its measurements of joy compute
With blithe, ecstatic hips.
"Harlem Wine" by Countee Cullen
A village schoolmaster was he,
With hair of glittering grey;
As blithe a man as you could see
On a spring holiday.
"The Two April Mornings" by William Wordsworth
In truth, a violet fair.
Then came a youthful shepherdess,
And roam'd with sprightly joyousness,
And blithely woo'd
"The Violet" by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
But Nellie's looks are blithe and sweet,
And what is best of a'
Her reputation is complete,
And fair without a flaw.
"Handsome Nell" by Robert Burns
On maples tasseled with red
No blithe bird swinging sung;
The brook in its lonely bed
Complained in an unknown tongue.
"Anticipation" by Madison Julius Cawein

In news:

The days when Wall Street banks could blithely hand out half their revenue in compensation to their staff without a murmur from shareholders have come to an end.
Sweet Cherry , Blithe: Flaccid Script Can't Find the Cinematic G-Spot.
Blithe Spirit' opens in Lake Wildwood.
Lake Wildwood Theatre announces the opening of "Blithe Spirit" today (Nov. 1) at the Cedar Room in the LWW Clubhouse.
Blithe spirits come in all sizes: this one was about 5 feet 6, skinny, with a smile that asserts itself in Cathy Bruneau's snapshots.
Noel Coward 's 'A Blithe Spirit' beckons.
Hilarious mishaps and mayhem ensue in Noel Coward 's "Blithe Spirit," kicking off the 2012-13 Sandy Actors Theatre season Sept 14.
Noel Coward 's comedy "Blithe Spirit" a fun, enjoyable show at Schenectady Civic Players.
"Blithe Spirit," one of Sir Noel Coward 's enduring comedy classics opens at the Steel River Playhouse tonight.
But if Noel Coward 's Blithe Spirit has one foot, or maybe just a toe, dipped in realism, the comedy is also flying high in fantasy.
Witty words and high fashion haunt spellbinding 'Blithe Spirit'.
'Blithe Spirit' review: Hilarious haunting.
Then she blithely rolled the car right into the lake.
I once saw a "Blithe Spirit" directed by Harold Pinter for London's National Theatre in which virtually every laugh was killed by Pinter's apparent desire to explore the dark underbelly of Noël Coward's frothy comedy.
Dead ex completes offbeat romantic triangle in JTC's entertaining 'Blithe Spirit'.
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In science:

D subspace, blithely unaware of the extra dimension.
Dynamical Implications of Adjustments to Proper Time Caused by Higher Dimensions: A Note
Armed with these ordering relationships it is possible to show that what I’ve blithely called “The infinite Archimedean classes” are in fact both infinite and Archimedean.
Banishing divergence Part 1: Infinite numbers as the limit of sequences of real numbers
Fortunately, since this is a phenomenological review we can blithely ignore the above considerations and simply classify and constrain all possible operators at each mass dimension.
Modern tests of Lorentz invariance
The only complication we have blithely skipped over is the action of the charge conjugation matrix on the chiral “mass” term M (p)P R + M † (p)P L in the propagator.
Kaplan-Narayanan-Neuberger lattice fermions pass a perturbative test
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