lightsomeness

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n lightsomeness the trait of being lighthearted and frivolous
    • n lightsomeness the gracefulness of a person or animal that is quick and nimble
    • n lightsomeness the cheerful feeling you have when nothing is troubling you
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n lightsomeness The state or quality of being lightsome or of emitting or showing light, luminousness.
    • n lightsomeness The quality of being lightsome or not heavy.
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Usage

In literature:

She envied the woman by her side, and envied her because she was lightsome, thoughtless, kittenish, simple, unripe.
"Leonora" by Arnold Bennett
Presently I asked who made the chamber in the well, for the silence weighed on me, and my thoughts were not so lightsome.
"Wulfric the Weapon Thane" by Charles W. Whistler
But one little cloud, transient as Peyrot's, passed across his lightsome countenance.
"Helmet of Navarre" by Bertha Runkle
Even Danae's beauty left the lightsome day.
"The Seven Plays in English Verse" by Sophocles
Her look and her words were lightsome.
"The Biography of Robert Murray M'Cheyne" by Andrew A. Bonar
They left the theater very slowly, with all the lightsomeness and gladness of heart gone.
"The Rebel of the School" by Mrs. L. T. Meade
Such merry winters, such a lightsome summer!
"The Man Without a Country and Other Tales" by Edward E. Hale
Isn't your lightsome laugh, whin you wor young, in my ears?
"Phelim O'toole's Courtship and Other Stories Traits And Stories Of The Irish Peasantry, The Works of William Carleton, Volume Three" by William Carleton
But then that lovely and lightsome little figure of Hope!
"Myths That Every Child Should Know" by Various
He had a tripping, lightsome mode of speech, that somehow suited the jaunty upward sweep of his white mustache.
"The Adventures of a Widow" by Edgar Fawcett
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In poetry:

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
For him no more the cabin's quiet rest,
The homely joys that gave to labor zest;
No more for him the merry banjo's sound,
Nor trip of lightsome dances footing round.
"To The South" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
"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
Zoo all the lot o' stuff a-tied
Upon the plow, a tidy tod,
On gravel-crunchèn wheels did ride,
Wi' ho'ses, iron-shod,
That, as their heads did nod, my whip
Did guide along wi' lightsome flip.
"The Wheel Routs" by William Barnes
Because you are a princess, a princess of the land,
You will not turn your lightsome eyes a moment where I stand,
A poor unnoticed poet, a-making of his rhymes;
But I have found a mistress, more fair a thousand times.
"A May-Day Madrigal" by Robert Fuller Murray
No fairies in the Mayflower came,
And, lightsome as I sparkle here,
For Mother Bay State, busy dame,
I've toiled and drudged this many a year,
Throbbed in her engines' iron veins,
Twirled myriad spindles for her gains.
"Ode Written For The Celebration Of The Cochituate Water Into The City Of Boston" by James Russell Lowell