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Lightsome \Light"some\ (l[imac]t"s[u^]m), a.

  1. Having light; lighted; not dark or gloomy; bright.

    White walls make rooms more lightsome than black.

  2. Gay; airy; cheering; exhilarating.

    That lightsome affection of joy.
    --Hooker. -- Light"some*ly, adv. -- Light"some*ness, n.

    Happiness may walk soberly in dark attire, as well as dance lightsomely in a gala dress.


Etymology 1 a. emitting or manifesting light; luminous, radiant. Etymology 2

a. upbeat; cheery; light graceful.

  1. adj. moving easily and quickly; nimble; "the dancer was light and graceful"; "a lightsome buoyant step"; "walked with a light tripping step" [syn: light, tripping]

  2. carefree and happy and lighthearted; "was loved for her blithe spirit"; "a merry blithesome nature"; "her lighthearted nature"; "trilling songs with a lightsome heart" [syn: blithe, blithesome, lighthearted]

Usage examples of "lightsome".

This becomes all the more evident when we reflect that, besides being as a spirit lightsome, it is physically illuminated moving in the light of kosmic revolution.

For, what he sees is an Intellectual-Principle looking on nothing of sense, nothing of this mortality, but by its own eternity having intellection of the eternal: he will see all things in this Intellectual substance, himself having become an Intellectual Kosmos and all lightsome, illuminated by the truth streaming from The Good, which radiates truth upon all that stands within that realm of the divine.

Beings of that sphere, all lightsome, need another and a lordlier light or even they would not be visible to themselves and beyond.

Rang the laughter everywhere, From the lips that seemed too lightsome For the sigh of any care.

I smiled inwardly, conceiving that these lightsome manoeuvres were all a sham to show off his art and mastership in the exercise, and that, whenever they came to close fairly, that instant my brother would be overcome.

Black marauders among blithe birds of peace and joy, they watched like sable spirits near the nests, or on some near sea rocks, sombre and alone, blinked evilly at the tall bright cliffs and the lightsome legions nestling there.

From the look of this lightsome feast, I conclude that what you need is a tonic.

I am afraid that a lightsome disposition and a relish for humor are not so common in those whose benevolence takes an active turn as in people of sentiment, who are always ready with their tears and abounding in passionate expressions of sympathy.

I married and married and married moving from comedy to farce to burlesque with lightsome heart.

Keep itself, while of the same stone, has no such lightsome embellishments.

But to me, she was a stern forbidding dame with nothing lightsome about her.

Nor were there now any lightsome plans for a Harvest fair such as had been our way in other years.

And the children all are dancing: Two dozen lightsome feet Springing and prancing.

Then spung to his seat with a lightsome leap, And launched afar on the calm blue deep.

Hand that dealt the blow, and when time blunted the keen edge of her feelings her face became as sweet and mild, though not so lightsome, as before.