wil·​lowy | \ ˈwi-lə-wē How to pronounce willowy (audio) \

Definition of willowy

1 : abounding with willows
2 : resembling a willow:
a : pliant
b : gracefully tall and slender a willowy actress

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Synonyms & Antonyms for willowy


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


inflexible, rigid, stiff, stiffened

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Examples of willowy in a Sentence

the rattan's stems are split into willowy staves that are woven together to produce exquisite baskets

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Tall and willowy, her blond hair gathered in a so ponytail this afternoon at a Manhattan hotel, Pike is more approachable than Marie was at first. Janine Di Giovanni, Town & Country, "Hollywood Chameleon Rosamund Pike Tackles the Life Story of War Correspondent Marie Colvin," 15 Nov. 2018 Played with willowy fragility by Elle Fanning, Mary is an imaginative 16-year-old enamored of ghost stories and constrained by her studious father and conniving stepmother. Barbara Vandenburgh, azcentral, "Author biopic ‘Mary Shelley’ is simply ordinary," 7 June 2018 Traditionally, a more willowy physique has been considered to be ideal for Chinese women -- as represented in literature, art, families and education -- and gyms were not a common part of everyday life. Nanlin Fang, CNN, "Chinese women's newest accessory: six-pack abs," 29 May 2018 The swordsman, a willowy youth with chiselled features and an expression of great sensitivity, wore a garment made by a designer specializing in modernistic reinterpretations of traditional Japanese dress. Kathryn Schulz, The New Yorker, "Japan’s Rent-a-Family Industry," 23 Apr. 2018 His willowy frame took nine bullets from police pistols. Nikita Stewart And Luis FerrÉ-sadurnÍ, New York Times, "A Father Asks, ‘Why Did They Have to Just Kill Him?’," 9 Apr. 2018 The pastel hues and willowy figures in her works lend them a feminine aesthetic. National Geographic, "Beyond Picasso: 6 Female Artists Who Turned Modern Art On Its Head," 19 Apr. 2018 One is Gloria Steinem, the beautiful, willowy avatar of a movement that had often been stereotyped as a collective of misfits. Michelle Dean, The New Republic, "Tensions between two generations of feminists animate Meg Wolitzer’s novel.," 12 Apr. 2018 But as the snowboarders flipped in the air, performing gravity-defying tricks, many of the cameras were instead facing the stands, trained squarely on the willowy blonde in the red ski suit and Team USA beanie. The Washington Post, NOLA.com, "'Where is Ivanka?' First daughter seeks control in dual role as White House adviser," 12 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of willowy

1766, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of willowy

: tall, thin, and graceful

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