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lissome

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adjective lis·some \ˈli-səm\

Simple Definition of lissome

  • : thin and graceful

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of lissome

  1. 1 a :  easily flexed b :  lithe 2

  2. 2 :  nimble

lissomely

adverb

lissomeness

noun

Examples of lissome in a sentence

  1. <the lissome actress's dance training is apparent in the way she moves on stage>

  2. <rattan is such a lissome material that it can be used for all manner of furniture and baskets>



Did You Know?

Lissome (sometimes spelled "lissom") is a gently altered form of its synonym, "lithesome." While "lissome" tends to be the more popular choice these days, the two words have similar pasts. They both appeared in the second half of the 18th century, and they both trace back to the much older "lithe" ("supple" or "graceful"), which first appeared in English during the 14th century and comes from an Old English word meaning "gentle." "Lissome" can also be an adverb meaning "in a supple or nimble manner," but this use is rare.

Variants of lissome

also

lissom

Origin and Etymology of lissome

alteration of lithesome


First Known Use: 1763



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