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or lissom

[lis-uh m] /ˈlɪs əm/
lithesome or lithe, especially of body; supple; flexible.
agile, nimble, or active.
Origin of lissome
First recorded in 1790-1800; variant of lithesome
Related forms
lissomely, adverb
lissomeness, noun
1. rigid. 2. clumsy. Unabridged
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  • The mark seemed instinct with something of her lissom figure.

  • It's so far to walk, sir, and my legs bean't as lissom as they used to be.

    The Toilers of the Field Richard Jefferies
  • It certainly does not suggest the lightness and lissom grace of the earlier designs.

  • They were sleek, lissom, and beautiful, and it was a pleasure to watch them.

    The Sea and the Jungle H. M. Tomlinson
  • What would make Robertlet and Ditti lissom, quick, interested, and gay?

    The Pastor's Wife Elizabeth von Arnim
  • Yet there rose insistently before me the lissom beauty of his wife.

    The Portal of Dreams Charles Neville Buck
  • But this slim Irish girl with the young, lissom body held her own.

    The Yukon Trail

    William MacLeod Raine
  • She stood before him like a queen in her lissom, brave, defiant youth.

    Wyoming, a Story of the Outdoor West William MacLeod Raine
  • She was of good height and lissom, with small feet and hands, but the outlines of her figure were Southern in grace and fulness.

    Gulmore, The Boss Frank Harris
  • He was only twenty-two years old; tall and handsome, with a lissom figure and an air of easy grace that became him well.

    For The Admiral W.J. Marx
British Dictionary definitions for lissom


supple in the limbs or body; lithe; flexible
agile; nimble
Derived Forms
lissomly, lissomely, adverb
lissomness, lissomeness, noun
Word Origin
C19: variant of lithesome
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Word Origin and History for lissom



c.1800, variant of lithesome.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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