lightsome

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj lightsome 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 lightsome moving easily and quickly; nimble "the dancer was light and graceful","a lightsome buoyant step","walked with a light tripping step"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Lightsome Gay; airy; cheering; exhilarating. "That lightsome affection of joy.""Happiness may walk soberly in dark attire, as well as dance lightsomely in a gala dress."
    • Lightsome Having light; lighted; not dark or gloomy; bright. "White walls make rooms more lightsome than black."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • lightsome Emitting or manifesting light; luminous; not dark.
    • lightsome Having the quality of lightness or buoyancy; light-hearted; cheerful or cheering; gay; airy; sportive.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Lightsome full of light
    • adj Lightsome light, gay, lively, cheering
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. leóht; Ger. leicht, Ice. léttr; L. lĕvis.

Usage

In literature:

St Leonard's hill was lightsome land, vol.
"The Modern Scottish Minstrel, Volume VI" by Various
I will cheer you by my songs, and strive to inspire in others the joy and lightsomeness of heart I feel in my present state.
"The Indian Fairy Book" by Cornelius Mathews
St Leonard's hill was lightsome land, vol.
"The Modern Scottish Minstrel, Volumes I-VI." by Various
The spirit of youth and lightsome joy permeates this story of pure, exulting womanhood.
"The Pirate of Panama" by William MacLeod Raine
Then, away with it, and let us have a more lightsome spring.
"Children's Rhymes, Children's Games, Children's Songs, Children's Stories" by Robert Ford
She did cast us, long ago, for a lightsome comedy, and lo!
"Margaret Tudor" by Annie T. Colcock
But then that lovely and lightsome little figure of Hope!
"Children's Literature" by Charles Madison Curry
Mrs. Ritson was a grave and earnest woman, a saintly soul, and Greta's lightsome spirit had always felt rebuked in her presence.
"A Son of Hagar" by Sir Hall Caine
Changes are lightsome, and fools like them.
"The Proverbs of Scotland" by Alexander Hislop
Secretly she was delighted at her friend's lightsome mood.
"Marjorie Dean" by Pauline Lester
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In poetry:

Whither away, youth, whither away,
With lightsome step, and with joyous heart,
And eyes that Hope's gay glances dart?
Whither away--whither away?
"Whither?" by Walter Richard Cassels
But the Palmer comes, and her lightsome heart
Derideth pain and sorrow:
She pledgeth the Palmer, and smirketh smart,
And saith, "We'll wed to-morrow!"—
"Sir Raymond And The False Palmer" by Thomas Cooper
"No lightsome lays are left to sing; the hours
Of joy are o'er;" and while the King his words
Revolv'd in mind and echo found therein,
The dwarf obeisance made and danced away.
"The Return From The Quest" by Oscar Fay Adams
The blue lake of Devenish,
She walks there in the quiet, meet
(The blue lake of Devenish )
For prayerful thoughts, and visions sweet,
And cool green grasses kiss the lightsome
Beauty of Feithfailge's feet.
"Feithfailge" by Anna Johnston MacManus
But, pale as her cheek is, there's fruit on her lip,
And her teeth flash as white as the crescent moon's tip,
And her form and her step like the red-deer's go past--
As lightsome, as lovely, as haughty, as fast.
"The Girl Of Dunbwy" by Thomas Osborne Davis
'Tis light to love thee living, girl--to see thee ever so,
With health, that, like a crimson flower, lies blushing in the snow;
And thy tresses falling over, like the amber on the pearl--
Oh! true it is a lightsome thing, to love thee living, girl!
"The Death-Wake, Or Lunacy - Chimera II" by Thomas Stoddart