adjective \ˈth, ˈlīth\

: moving in an easy and graceful way

Full Definition of LITHE

:  easily bent or flexed <lithe steel> <a lithe vine>
:  characterized by easy flexibility and grace <a lithe dancer> <treading with a lithe silent step>; also :  athletically slim <the most lithe and graspable of waists — R. P. Warren>
lithe·ly adverb
lithe·ness noun

Examples of LITHE

  1. the lithe body of a dancer
  2. <the lithe blade of a fencing foil>

Origin of LITHE

Middle English, from Old English līthe gentle; akin to Old High German lindi gentle, Latin lentus slow
First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with LITHE


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