blithe

[ blahyth, blahyth ]SEE DEFINITION OF blithe
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR BLITHE

Away to your chamber, sweeting, and keep a blithe face, for she who confesses is shriven.

But Bismarck, although he carried a blithe front, was far from comfortable.

Songsters, all so blithe and gay, Know ye what your carols say?

She never remembered to have heard Charlie whistling so blithe an air.

"A blithe heart maks a blooming look," says Mattha to the girl.

Despite the strain, he was outwardly as blithe and optimistic as usual.

But Reuben had leaped to the conquest, and carried a blithe heart with him.

The little frontier fort was blithe and gay with its merry populace.

But the cockney's spirits were blithe as the clouds were black.

You will be running about as blithe and strong as ever, please God, in a week or two.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English bliþe "joyous, kind, cheerful, pleasant," from Proto-Germanic *blithiz "gentle, kind" (cf. Old Saxon bliði "bright, happy," Middle Dutch blide, Dutch blijde, Old Norse bliðr "mild, gentle," Old High German blidi "gay, friendly," Gothic bleiþs "kind, friendly, merciful").

Rare since 16c. No cognates outside Germanic. "The earlier application was to the outward expression of kindly feeling, sympathy, affection to others, as in Gothic and ON.; but in OE. the word had come more usually to be applied to the external manifestation of one's own pleased or happy frame of mind, and hence even to the state itself." [OED]

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