lithe

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adjective \ˈlīth, ˈlīth\

Definition of lithe

  1. 1 :  easily bent or flexed <lithe steel> <a lithe vine>

  2. 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>

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 century


LITHE Defined for English Language Learners

lithe

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adjective \ˈlīth, ˈlīth\

Definition of lithe for English Language Learners

  • : moving in an easy and graceful way


LITHE Defined for Kids

lithe

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adjective \ˈlīth, ˈlīth\

Definition of lithe for Students

  1. :  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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