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”), Afrikaans bly (“happy”), German dialectal blid, blied (“glad, happy, cheerful”), Danish blid (“gentle”), Icelandic blíður (“gentle, kind, friendly, mild”). Related to bliss.
- (dated or literary) Happy, cheerful.
- (Can we date this quote?), Alexander Pope (translator), The Odyssey, translation of original by Homer:
- 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.
- casually 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