blithe

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See also: bliþe and Blithe

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From Middle English blithe (glad, happy, joyful; causing joy, joyous; gentle, mild; gracious, merciful; bright, shining; beautiful, fair) [and other forms],[1] from Old English blīþe (glad, happy, joyful; gentle, mild), from Proto-West Germanic *blīþī, from Proto-Germanic *blīþiz (friendly; gentle, mild; pleasing), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰlī- (fine; light; pleasant), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰel- (shiny; white).[2]

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blithe (comparative blither, superlative blithest)

  1. Casually careless or indifferent; showing a lack of concern.
    She had a blithe disregard of cultures outside the United States.
  2. (chiefly Scotland, elsewhere dated or literary) Cheerful, happy.

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  1. ^ blīthe, adj.”, in MED Online, Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan, 2007.
  2. ^ Compare “blithe, adj., n., and adv.”, in OED Online Paid subscription required, Oxford, Oxfordshire: Oxford University Press, 1887; “blithe, adj.”, in Lexico, Dictionary.com; Oxford University Press, 2019–present.

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Scots[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English blithe, from Old English blīþe, from Proto-West Germanic *blīþī, from Proto-Germanic *blīþiz. Cognate with Danish blid, Dutch blij, Icelandic blíður. Compare bliss.

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blithe (comparative blither, superlative blithest)

  1. Happy
    A howp ye haed a blithe birthday
    I hope you had a happy birthday