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lighthearted

Syllabification: light·heart·ed
Pronunciation: /ˌlītˈhärdəd
 
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Definition of lighthearted in English:

adjective

Cheerful and carefree: excited, lighthearted chatter
More example sentences
  • He was very light-hearted, and he always knew how to make her laugh.
  • He was never light-hearted about anything, but she made him feel like that whenever he was around her.
  • He was so light-hearted it was impossible to stay angry at him for one of his jokes.
Synonyms
carefree, cheerful, cheery, happy, merry, glad, playful, jolly, jovial, joyful, gleeful, ebullient, high-spirited, lively, blithe, bright, sunny, buoyant, vivacious, bubbly, jaunty, bouncy, breezy;
entertaining, amusing, diverting
informal chirpy, upbeat
dated gay

Derivatives

lightheartedly

1
adverb
Example sentences
  • The couple light-heartedly arranges for a local mystic, Madame Arcati, to give a seance and the unfortunate result is that Elvira returns from beyond the grave to make their lives miserable.
  • The Data Protection Inspectorate does not issue permits light-heartedly, but if the permit has been issued, the database is secure.
  • In agreement with previous reviews, I would like to reiterate that this is not a trip or tourist destination to be considered light-heartedly.

lightheartedness

2
noun
Example sentences
  • It had a light-heartedness that was endearing and worthy of that Sherlock Holmes genre it so alluringly wanted to emulate.
  • You wondered if your dream meant that the light-heartedness and joy of your life (your dog) was being killed off by the hideous situation.
  • This light-heartedness is reflected in the national symposia's wanderings throughout the country's regions, where they are often entrusted to groups just beginning to form rather than to well-established groups.

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