- in a way that shows a casual and cheerful indifference considered to be callous or improper:
“her arrest order was blithely ignored by the police chief”
- in a happy or carefree manner:
“the prince was wandering blithely out into the courtyard”
merry, blithe, jocund, jovial, jolly mean showing high spirits or lightheartedness. merry suggests cheerful, joyous, uninhibited enjoyment of frolic or festivity [ a merry group of revelers ]. blithe suggests carefree, innocent, or even heedless gaiety [ arrived late in his usual blithe way ]. jocund stresses elation and exhilaration of spirits [ singing, dancing, and jocund feasting ]. jovial suggests the stimulation of conviviality and good fellowship [ dinner put them in a jovial mood ]. jolly suggests high spirits expressed in laughing, bantering, and jesting [ our jolly host enlivened the party ].
Middle English, from Old English blīthe; akin to Old High German blīdi joyous, First Known Use: before 12th century