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
Examples of lithe in a Sentence
the lithe body of a dancer
the lithe blade of a fencing foil
Recent Examples of lithe from the Web
The lithe, impudent Dutch teenager that went on to win eight Eredivisie titles and change football forever.
Once the image of Tiger Woods — lithe, fit and triumphant in a slim-cut knit shirt and black Nike hat, flashing his bright white teeth — was emblematic of the American Dream.
Being that SJP is also trained in ballet, the look was a natural fit for the lithe actress.
Like a scene out of The Endless Summer, a lithe-limbed, shag-haired crew piled into a van and set off to catch the next wave.
Mr. Margita was the center of it, with his agile, forthright tenor, lithe physicality and arresting presence.
Curry is more lithe, more slippery—more like himself.
A 2012 Treinta y Dos, made from pinot noir vines planted in 1932 by Italian immigrants, is a savory delight, graceful and lithe with flavors of red fruits and flowers tempered by minerals.
Ivonne was tall and lithe and exceptionally beautiful.
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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
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
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: moving in an easy and graceful way
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