Definition of blithe in English:

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Pronunciation: /blīT͟H/


1Showing a casual and cheerful indifference considered to be callous or improper: a blithe disregard for the rules of the road
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  • But he never scorned security with the blithe indifference of the radical ideologues who used him as an authority on the evils of welfare.
  • How do you strike the right balance between unnecessarily fostering fears and encouraging a blithe indifference to real and present dangers?
  • The outrageousness of his action is matched only by the blithe indifference with which he apparently expects to carry it off.
casual, indifferent, unconcerned, unworried, untroubled, uncaring, careless, heedless, thoughtless;
nonchalant, blasé
1.1Happy or joyous: a blithe seaside comedy
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  • The pair play natives of that country - sweet, carefree adolescents whose blithe athleticism and pert demeanor are just a little cloying.
  • The blithe spirit of the students perhaps best symbolises the fair that has evolved over the years, pitting the youngsters against their best peers.
  • For such a blithe spirit, he certainly has a keen sense of the tragic.
happy, cheerful, jolly, merry, joyful, joyous, blissful, ecstatic, euphoric, elated
dated gay



Example sentences
  • ‘I realised immediately that this was going to be a profound anecdote, and I've been dining out on it since,’ he purrs, with typical blitheness.
  • His Second World War memoir, Slightly Out Of Focus, reveals a man who wore his bravery like blitheness.
  • These is feigned blitheness about crises that will predictably attract immediate attention.


Pronunciation: /ˈblīT͟Hsəm/
( literary)
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  • From this it may be concluded that she eventually found that quiet domestic happiness which her cheerful, blithesome character required.
  • The transition is from shadowy evil to the clearest and most blithesome benevolence.
  • Her arm extended, she pointed for the Captain who sat slumped, once strong authority already deteriorating to blithesome foolishness.


Old English blīthe, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch blijde, also to bliss.

Words that rhyme with blithe

lithe, scythe, tithe, writhe

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Syllabification: blithe

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