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 (blīth′səm, blīth′-)
Cheerful; merry.

blithe′some·ly adv.
blithe′some·ness n.
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literary cheery; merry
ˈblithesomely adv
ˈblithesomeness n
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(ˈblaɪð səm, ˈblaɪθ-)

lighthearted; merry; cheerful.
blithe′some•ly, adv.
blithe′some•ness, n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.blithesome - carefree and happy and lightheartedblithesome - carefree and happy and lighthearted; "was loved for her blithe spirit"; "a merry blithesome nature"; "her lighthearted nature"; "trilling songs with a lightsome heart"
cheerful - being full of or promoting cheer; having or showing good spirits; "her cheerful nature"; "a cheerful greeting"; "a cheerful room"; "as cheerful as anyone confined to a hospital bed could be"
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Characterized by joyful exuberance:
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References in classic literature ?
But we got them laid in, and all the other things; and you never see a cabin as blithesome as Jim's was when they'd all swarm out for music and go for him.
There was such peace and beauty in the scene; so much of brightness and mirth in the sunny landscape; such blithesome music in the songs of the summer birds; such freedom in the rapid flight of the rook, careering overhead; so much of life and joyousness in all; that, when the boy raised his aching eyes, and looked about, the thought instinctively occurred to him, that this was not a time for death; that Rose could surely never die when humbler things were all so glad and gay; that graves were for cold and cheerless winter: not for sunlight and fragrance.
Many a young partridge who strutted complacently among the stubble, with all the finicking coxcombry of youth, and many an older one who watched his levity out of his little round eye, with the contemptuous air of a bird of wisdom and experience, alike unconscious of their approaching doom, basked in the fresh morning air with lively and blithesome feelings, and a few hours afterwards were laid low upon the earth.
Directed by Hiro Murai, the graphic video showed Glover, also known as Childish Gambino, doing some blithesome dancing in one shot, then shooting people in the next.
For generations, the blithesome and valiant Punjabis have been ahead in their respective fields of work, having reached every corner of the world.
Emblematic of the fortunes of utopian experiments in collectivism in real life (such as Icarians, Harmonists, Perfectionists, Owenites, Ruskinites), the country's most famous single literary attempt half-way through the nineteenth century to create an ideal community, to embrace blithesome co-existence, proved to be a pathetic failure: "I am weary of this place, and sick to death of playing at philanthropy and progress"--"Paradise, indeed!