Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Carefree and lighthearted.
  • adj. Lacking or showing a lack of due concern; casual: spoke with blithe ignorance of the true situation.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Happy, cheerful.
  • adj. Indifferent, careless, showing a lack of concern.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Gay; merry; sprightly; joyous; glad; cheerful.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Kind; kindly. Levins (1570).
  • Glad; merry; joyous; sprightly; mirthful; gay: in colloquial use only in Scotland: as, “I'm blithe to see you.“
  • Characterized by or full of enjoyment; gladsome: said of things.
  • Synonyms Cheerful, light-hearted, elated, buoyant.
  • n. A blithe one.
  • n. Kindness; good will; favor.
  • n. Gladness; delight.
  • To be blithe or merry.
  • To make blithe; gladden.
  • Kindly.
  • Gladly; blithely.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. lacking or showing a lack of due concern
  • adj. carefree and happy and lighthearted

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old English blīthe.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English blithe, from Old English blīþe ("blithe, joyous, cheerful, pleasant; gracious, well-disposed, friendly, kind; agreeable, willing; quiet, peaceful, gentle"), from Proto-Germanic *blīþijaz, *blīþaz (“mild, pleasing, friendly”), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰlī- (“light, pleasant, fine”), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰel- (“to shine”). Cognate Scots blithe ("joyous, cheerful, happy, well-pleased"), North Frisian blid ("happy, glad"), West Frisian bliid ("glad, happy, joyful, joyous"), Dutch blijde, blij ("blithe, happy, joyous, glad"), German dialectal blid, blied ("glad, happy, cheerful"), Danish blid ("gentle"), Swedish blid ("mild, gentle, bland"), Icelandic blíður ("gentle, kind, friendly, mild"). Related to bliss. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • There was an unopened bottle of Woiwora, that my sister had sent me – in blithe disregard of postal regulations – as a housewarming present, under the impression that decent Polish vodka would be unavailable in the wild West.

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  • In 2000, he was in blithe denial about global warming, although by 2001, he was ready to admit that there might be something to it after all.

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  • Affected an expression of blithe dignity for the benefit of any of Williams neighbors who might be wondering at the strange woman on his doorstep who seemed content to knock all night.

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  • Here is the hardest question: How could the Administration have thought that it was safe to proceed in blithe indifference to the warnings of nearly everyone with operational experience in modern military occupations?

    Blind Into Baghdad

  • A less daring adventurer than Molly would have hesitated at his tone and grown cautious, but a certain blithe indifference to the consequences of her actions was a part of her lawless inheritance from the Gays.

    The Miller of Old Church

  • She recalled the blithe, Holmesian quickness of his deductions.

    The Silent Tower

  • Presently, surely enough, some one ran up the front steps and came into the wide hall, and Sally's voice called a blithe "Hello!"

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  • Sorry to be a party pooper, tweeps: I no longer subscribe to the kind of blithe consumerism that seems to underpin this prompt.

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  • It's far, far * far* more fantastical than Princess Bride, but it's got that same kind of blithe joy to it.

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  • The best approach to life, Highsmith seems to say, is a kind of blithe nonchalance.

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  • They slept until the black raven,
    the blithe hearted
    proclaimed the joy of heaven
    - Beowulf

    June 20, 2008