\ ˈlīt͟h How to pronounce lithe (audio) , ˈlīth How to pronounce lithe (audio) \

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

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Other Words from lithe

lithely adverb
litheness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for lithe


bendy [chiefly British], flexible, limber, lissome (also lissom), lithesome, pliable, pliant, supple, willowy


inflexible, rigid, stiff, stiffened

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Examples of lithe in a Sentence

the lithe body of a dancer the lithe blade of a fencing foil

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Tim Connelly, the Nuggets president of basketball operations, aggressively pursued the lithe 7-foot-2 center once the slide into the second round began. Ira Winderman,, "Winderman: Tax again has Heat in less-than-luxurious position | Commentary," 22 June 2019 Yesterday in New York City, Christensen stepped out wearing a knit wrap sweater with black denim cut-offs and matching suede flat slippers that highlighted her long, lithe glowing legs. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Helena Christensen Shows Off Her Killer Legs in Cutoff Shorts—And Subtly Claps Back at Ageism," 31 May 2019 But Bonnie — sweet, zen, lithe Bonnie — is awash with guilt and slowly drifting further from her family and friends. Morgan Baila,, "Big Little Lies," 10 June 2019 Equal parts lithe and toned, every pair of superhuman, crescent jumping limbs was more dexterous than the next. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "How Bob Fosse Productions Transformed Beauty, From Directional Eyes to Power Ponytails," 9 Apr. 2019 Immortalized in an 1880 portrait by Renoir, Irène—lithe and delicate, but impulsive—was the eldest daughter of one of Paris's wealthiest Jewish financiers, Louis Cahen d'Anvers, an early principal of the bank that later became Paribas. James Mcauley, Town & Country, "A Secret Paris Museum and an Aristocratic Family Decimated by the Holocaust," 9 Feb. 2017 The wine was beautiful, though a bit less accessible than the lithe 2013 Barbaresco Pajè, produced from 50-plus-year-old vines. Lettie Teague, WSJ, "This Elegant Italian Red Wine Is Easy to Love," 11 Dec. 2018 My favorites included the lithe and charming 2015 Château Coutet ($30) and the 2015 Château Climens Barsac ($40), richer and more lush. Lettie Teague, WSJ, "The Best Bargain in French Wines," 24 Aug. 2018 Tattooed and lithe with short dark hair, Sanchez was among the newcomers handpicked by casting director Ashley Brokaw for a show that featured androgynous, gender fluid, and transgender models, many of whom had never walked before. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "How Spanish Model Miriam Sanchez Went From Studying Business to Walking Vuitton," 16 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of lithe

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for lithe

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

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English Language Learners Definition of lithe

: moving in an easy and graceful way


\ ˈlīt͟h How to pronounce lithe (audio) , ˈlīth\

Kids Definition of lithe

: limber entry 1, 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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