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
Just as a documentary about her husband’s infidelities aired, a lithe and leggy Diana floated into a Serpentine Gallery benefit wearing a body-conscious cocktail dress by Christina Stambolian.
Conductor Andrés Cladera provided lithe direction, and the musicians from the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra performed superbly in the small pit.
The lithe and lovely Sara Esty, as Lise Dassin, the mysterious shop girl-cum- ballerina, is equally impressive.
At the latest London Fashion Week Men's, now in its fifth year, the trend for lithe, young pretty boys in extravagant garments shows no signs of abating.
The lithe young man with the stand-up hair ventured into the seats during ‘
Her body is long and lithe and strong-looking, as is her hair.
No batter was more lethal than Watson, the lithe freshman centerfielder, who launched a solo homer to lead off the fifth and cracked a two-run shot in sixth.
The lithe, impudent Dutch teenager that went on to win eight Eredivisie titles and change football forever.
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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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