- lithesome or lithe, especially of body; supple; flexible.
- agile, nimble, or active.
Origin of lissome
First recorded in 1790–1800; variant of lithesome
1. rigid. 2. clumsy.
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Examples from the Web for lissom
The mark seemed instinct with something of her lissom figure.The Fortune of the Rougons
It's so far to walk, sir, and my legs bean't as lissom as they used to be.The Toilers of the Field
It certainly does not suggest the lightness and lissom grace of the earlier designs.The Strand Magazine
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
- supple in the limbs or body; lithe; flexible
- agile; nimble
C19: variant of lithesome
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Word Origin and History for lissom
c.1800, variant of lithesome.
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