Beamish



bright, cheerful, and optimistic.
Historical Examples

Consternation showed on every face, and beamish swore bitterly.
The Pit Prop Syndicate Freeman Wills Crofts

Paliser, in producing Mrs. beamish, had also produced the programme.
The Paliser case Edgar Saltus

Mr. beamish questioned her most incredulously, half-smiling.
The Short Works of George Meredith George Meredith

Captain beamish is tall and strongly built, but I should not say he was stout.
The Pit Prop Syndicate Freeman Wills Crofts

Mr. beamish replied bracingly, ‘The champion wrestler challenges all comers while he wears the belt.’
The Short Works of George Meredith George Meredith

beamish replied politely and with a show of readiness and candor.
The Pit Prop Syndicate Freeman Wills Crofts

“Come to my arms, my beamish boy,” caroled McTurk, and they fell into each other’s arms dancing.
Stalky & Co. Rudyard Kipling

beamish, the manager explained, was there and wished to speak to Archer.
The Pit Prop Syndicate Freeman Wills Crofts

Old beamish caught the light in the eyes, the quick contraction of the hands, and smiled.
The Cross-Cut Courtney Ryley Cooper

“Righto,” beamish answered shortly, and the conversation ended.
The Pit Prop Syndicate Freeman Wills Crofts

adj.

1530 (Palsgrave), from beam + -ish. Lewis Carroll may have thought he was inventing it in “Jabberwocky.”

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