• WordNet 3.6
    • adv lightsomely in a light-hearted manner "he light-heartedly overlooks some of the basic facts of life"
    • adv lightsomely moving with quick light steps "she walked lightsomely down the long staircase"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • lightsomely In a lightsome manner.
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In literature:

O, lightsome, tranquillizing thought!
"The Crock of Gold" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
The footsteps above were distinguishable, though it was manifest that they moved with lightsomeness and circumspection.
"Arthur Mervyn" by Charles Brockden Brown
In the wooing of Lady Anne there was both heart and passion, but the mood was that of lightsome duplicity.
"Shadows of the Stage" by William Winter
Brooding sensitiveness and responsibility passed into lightsomeness.
"Villa Elsa" by Stuart Henry
George went at his task with much too much lightsomeness of spirit and disrespect for the situation.
"Chapters from My Autobiography" by Mark Twain
O, lightsome, tranquillizing thought!
"The Complete Prose Works of Martin Farquhar Tupper" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
His dreams are airy and lightsome.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 17, No. 101, March, 1866" by Various
The interval which elapsed before the day nominated could not have been very lightsome for the unfortunate agent for the Massachusetts Bay.
"Benjamin Franklin" by John Torrey Morse, Jr.
But he was a lightsome swaggerer, a reckless, devil-me-care, good-natured sort of bully.
"The Pioneers" by Katharine Susannah Prichard
As we passed among the gay and lightsome shrines Jennie happened to pause under this window.
"The Tower of Oblivion" by Oliver Onions

In poetry:

Then, as the broad moon rose on high,
The maidens stood the altar nigh;
And some in graceful measure
The well-loved spot danced round,
With lightsome footsteps treading
The soft and grassy ground.
"Maidens Dancing In Moonlight" by Sappho
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
She's straïght an' she's slender, but not over tall,
Wi' lim's that be lightsome, but not over small;
The goodness o' heaven do breathe in her feäce,
An' a queen, to be steätely, must walk wi' her peäce.
"The Maid Vor My Bride" by William Barnes
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
Year by year as his harvest grew,
He gleaned with a lightsome heart;
His barns he filled, and he sowed and tilled,
Trading in port and mart.
Proud of his prowess in psort and trade
Was the Fool, who scoffed at an alien raid.
"Son of a Fool" by C J Dennis
'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