lightsome


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light·some 1

 (līt′səm)
adj.
1. Providing light; luminous.
2. Covered with or full of light; bright.

light′some·ly adv.
light′some·ness n.

light·some 2

 (līt′səm)
adj.
1. Light, nimble, or graceful in movement.
2. Free from worry or care; cheerful.
3. Frivolous; silly.

light′some·ly adv.
light′some·ness n.

lightsome

(ˈlaɪtsəm)
adj
1. lighthearted
2. airy or buoyant
3. not serious; frivolous
ˈlightsomely adv
ˈlightsomeness n

lightsome

(ˈlaɪtsəm)
adj
1. producing or reflecting light
2. full of or flooded with light

light•some1

(ˈlaɪt səm)

adj.
1. light, esp. in form, appearance, or movement; airy; buoyant; agile.
2. cheerful; gay; lighthearted.
3. frivolous; changeable.
[1350–1400; Middle English lyghtesum (c. Middle High German līhtsam). See light2, -some1]
light′some•ly, adv.
light′some•ness, n.

light•some2

(ˈlaɪt səm)

adj.
1. emitting or reflecting light; luminous.
2. well-lighted; illuminated; bright.
[1400–50; late Middle English lyghtesum. See light1, -some1]
light′some•ly, adv.
light′some•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.lightsome - moving easily and quicklylightsome - moving easily and quickly; nimble; "the dancer was light and graceful"; "a lightsome buoyant step"; "walked with a light tripping step"
light-footed - (of movement) having a light and springy step; "a light-footed girl"
2.lightsome - carefree and happy and lightheartedlightsome - 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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We see in needle-works and embroideries, it is more pleasing to have a lively work, upon a sad and solemn ground, than to have a dark and melancholy work, upon a lightsome ground: judge therefore of the pleasure of the heart, by the pleasure of the eye.
I could neither laugh with nor at the solemn utterances of men I esteemed ponderous asses; nor could I laugh, nor engage in my old-time lightsome persiflage, with the silly superficial chatterings of women, who, underneath all their silliness and softness, were as primitive, direct, and deadly in their pursuit of biological destiny as the monkeys women were before they shed their furry coats and replaced them with the furs of other animals.
Through a world of toil and care she flitted with a dreamlike smile, and came hither to find a home among the lightsome hearts of Merry Mount.
Indeed, there was too lightsome a tone of flippancy all through the paper.
But while they spoke softly, and he was watching the happy sadness, the lightsome shadows, the shy yearnings of a maiden's nature, the wind through the Notch took a deeper and drearier sound.
Up comes the bright sun, drawing everything up with it--the Wills and Sallys, the latent vapour in the earth, the drooping leaves and flowers, the birds and beasts and creeping things, the gardeners to sweep the dewy turf and unfold emerald velvet where the roller passes, the smoke of the great kitchen fire wreathing itself straight and high into the lightsome air.
I have never forgotten them or his quiet smile, but have seen them every day, side by side with those of my own dear children, dead and gone since I was a lightsome young creature.
She had gone singing through the dim rooms, and moving with gay and lightsome step among their dusty treasures, making them older by her young life, and sterner and more grim by her gay and cheerful presence.
On the contrary, there was no other man in the city, we are bold to affirm, of so much as half his years, who enjoyed so many lightsome and griefless moments as himself.
In the great stone fireplace a log fire was spurting and crackling, throwing out a ruddy glare which, with the four bracket-lamps which stood at each corner of the room, gave a bright and lightsome air to the whole apartment.
What if we tell you that a poor unfortunate boy: a child in everything but never having known one of those tender endearments, or one of those lightsome hours which make our childhood a time to be remembered like a happy dream through all our after life: a warm-hearted, harmless, affectionate creature, who never offended you, or did you wrong, but on whom you have vented the malice and hatred you have conceived for your nephew, and whom you have made an instrument for wreaking your bad passions upon him: what if we tell you that, sinking under your persecution, sir, and the misery and ill-usage of a life short in years but long in suffering, this poor creature has gone to tell his sad tale where, for your part in it, you must surely answer?
His drawing-rooms were the prettiest, little, modest salons conceivable: they were decorated with the greatest taste, and a thousand knick- knacks from Paris, by Rebecca: and when she sat at her piano trilling songs with a lightsome heart, the stranger voted himself in a little paradise of domestic comfort and agreed that, if the husband was rather stupid, the wife was charming, and the dinners the pleasantest in the world.