lithe

adjective \ ˈlīt͟h , ˈlīth \
Updated on: 11 Dec 2017

Definition of lithe

1 : easily bent or flexed
  • lithe steel
  • a lithe vine
2 : 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

lithely

adverb

litheness

noun

Examples of lithe in a Sentence

  1. the lithe body of a dancer

  2. the lithe blade of a fencing foil

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Origin and Etymology of lithe

Middle English, from Old English līthe gentle; akin to Old High German lindi gentle, Latin lentus slow

LITHE Defined for English Language Learners

lithe

adjective

Definition of lithe for English Language Learners

  • : moving in an easy and graceful way


LITHE Defined for Kids

lithe

adjective \ ˈlīt͟h , ˈlīth \

Definition of lithe for Students

: 1limber, supple
  • But his motions remained lithe and natural, as he moved easily among trees and shade.
  • —Virginia Hamilton, M. C. Higgins


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