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supple

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of supple

  1. 1 able to bend easily without breaking a dome tent outfitted with supple fiberglass tent poles Synonyms of supple bendy [chiefly British], flexible, limber, lissome (also lissom), lithe, lithesome, pliable, pliant, willowyWords Related to supple adaptable, ductile, elastic, fluid, kneadable, malleable, modifiable, plastic, variable, yielding; droopy, flaccid, floppy, limp; semiflexibleNear Antonyms of supple inelastic, nonmalleable, unyielding; breakable, brittle, fragileAntonyms of supple inflexible, rigid, stiff, stiffened

  2. 2 able to revert to original size and shape after being stretched, squeezed, or twisted shoes made from supple leather Synonyms of supple bouncy, flexible, resilient, rubberlike, rubbery, springy, stretch, stretchable, stretchy, elastic, whippyWords Related to supple adaptable, ductile, kneadable, malleable, moldable, plastic, pliable, pliant; limber, lissome (also lissom), lithe, lithesome, willowyNear Antonyms of supple compact, firm, hard, solid, unyielding; brittle, crisp, crumbly, flaky (also flakey), friable, shortAntonyms of supple inelastic, inflexible, nonelastic, rigid, stiff

Synonym Discussion of supple

elastic, resilient, springy, flexible, supple mean able to endure strain without being permanently injured. elastic implies the property of resisting deformation by stretching.
    • an elastic waistband
resilient implies the ability to recover shape quickly when the deforming force or pressure is removed.
    • a resilient innersole
springy stresses both the ease with which something yields to pressure and the quickness of its return to original shape.
    • the cake is done when the top is springy
flexible applies to something which may or may not be resilient or elastic but which can be bent or folded without breaking.
    • flexible plastic tubing
supple applies to something that can be readily bent, twisted, or folded without any sign of injury.
    • supple leather


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