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 *blīþiz (“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”), Saterland Frisian bliede (“happy, joyous, blithe”), 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.
- (dated or literary) Happy, cheerful.
- Should he return, that troop so blithe and bold,
- With purple robes inwrought, and stiff with gold,
- Precipitant in fear would wing their flight,
- And curse their cumbrous pride's unwieldy weight.
- The Odyssey trans. Alexander Pope
- Indifferent, careless, showing a lack of concern.
- She had a blithe disregard of cultures outside the United States.
- A howp ye haed a blithe birthday - I hope you had a happy birthday