\ 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

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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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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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“Lithe.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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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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