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Examples of lissome in a Sentence
the lissome actress's dance training is apparent in the way she moves on stage
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.
Origin and Etymology of lissome
First Known Use: 1763See Words from the same year
Synonymsagile, featly, feline, gracile, light, light-footed (also light-foot), lightsome, graceful (also lissom), lithe, lithesome, nimble, spry
Antonymsawkward, clumsy, gawky, graceless, klutzy, lumbering, ungainly, ungraceful
Related Wordsacrobatic, flexible, limber, loose-jointed, pliable, pliant, supple; adroit, deft, dexterous (also dextrous), light-fingered; fleet-footed, sure-footed; athletic, balletic, coordinated
Near Antonymsuncoordinated; inflexible, rigid, stiff; bungling, inept, maladroit
LISSOME Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of lissome for English Language Learners
: thin and graceful
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