blithesome

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj blithesome carefree and happy and lighthearted "was loved for her blithe spirit","a merry blithesome nature","her lighthearted nature","trilling songs with a lightsome heart"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Blithesome Cheery; gay; merry. "The blithesome sounds of wassail gay."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • blithesome Full of blitheness or gaiety: gay; merry; cheerful; causing joy or gladness.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Blithesome joyous
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. blíðe, joyful. See Bliss.

Usage

In literature:

She greeted him tenderly and lovingly, listening with interest to his story of the visit of Bessie Blithesome.
"The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus" by L. Frank Baum
Speak gently to the herring and kindly to the calf, Be blithesome with the bunny, at barnacles don't laugh!
"The Book of Humorous Verse" by Various
Unheeded poured her music blithesome Day The reedy brooks beside and shallows gray.
"Lilith" by Ada Langworthy Collier
It gives you the impression that a bird which sings so blithesome a strain must surely be happy in his domestic relations.
"Birds of the Rockies" by Leander Sylvester Keyser
The sunshine, the blithesomeness of the morning was infectious.
"Antony Gray,--Gardener" by Leslie Moore
The poems of his earliest period, the blithesome days of youth, have not survived.
"Jewish Literature and Other Essays" by Gustav Karpeles
A blithesome rout, that morning tide, Had sought the chapel of St. Bride.
"Lady of the Lake" by Sir Walter Scott
What happy, blithesome years they had been, too!
"Our Home in the Silver West" by Gordon Stables
But no; as the quick tread of the blithesome lad smote upon the widow's ear, she rushed to the door to receive him.
"The Humors of Falconbridge" by Jonathan F. Kelley
She seemed the very embodiment of blithesome happiness.
"The Long Day" by Dorothy Richardson
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In poetry:

Grubbinol.
Yes, blithesome lad, a tale I mean to sing,
But with my wo shall distant valleys ring.
The tale shall make our kidlings droop their head,
For wo is me! — our Blouzelind is dead.
"The Shepherd's Week : Friday; or, The Dirge" by John Gay
So, free myself, to-day, elate
I come from far o'er hill and mead,
And here, Cochituate's envoy, wait
To be your blithesome Ganymede,
And brim your cups with nectar true
That never will make slaves of you.
"Ode Written For The Celebration Of The Cochituate Water Into The City Of Boston" by James Russell Lowell
The water, see it, leaps from the mountain's high brow,
Like a roll of smooth silver, and laughingly now
See, it skips, like a child, through the valley so green,
Throwing beauty and blithesomeness over the scene.
"The Water" by James Avis Bartley
I knew her when her eye was bright,
I knew her when her step was light
And blithesome as a mountain doe's,
And when her cheek was like the rose,
And when her voice was full and free,
And when her smile was sweet to see.
"The Parting II" by Anne Bronte
The gowans blossom'd bonnilie, I 'd pu' them from the stem,
An' rin in noisy blithesomeness to thee, my Bess, wi' them,
To place them in thy lily breast, for ae sweet smile on me,
I saw nae mair the gowans then, then saw I only thee.
"My Bessie" by Alexander Hume
The sea is calling to us in a blithesome voice and free,
There's keenest rapture on its breast and boundless liberty!
Each man is master of his craft, its gleaming sails out-blown,
And far behind him on the shore a home he calls his own.
"When the Fishing Boats Go Out" by Lucy Maud Montgomery