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lissome

or lissom

[lis-uh m] /ˈlɪs əm/
adjective
1.
lithesome or lithe, especially of body; supple; flexible.
2.
agile, nimble, or active.
Origin of lissome
1790-1800
First recorded in 1790-1800; variant of lithesome
Related forms
lissomely, adverb
lissomeness, noun
Antonyms
1. rigid. 2. clumsy.
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  • Slim and lissome, the dew of childhood was still on her lips, and the mist of it in her eyes.

    Oh, You Tex! William Macleod Raine
  • She stood tall and lissome, the picture of slender, robust health.

    Highways in Hiding George Oliver Smith
  • She was of medium stature, slender and lissome, looking taller than she really was.

    The Golden Dog William Kirby
  • In his barbaric way he was somewhat of a dancer, and his legs were as lissome as his arms.

    A Man to His Mate J. Allan Dunn
  • What rhythms are so lissome and persuasive as those of the first part?

  • I took his hands, and made them lissome with a soft, light rubbing.

    Erema R. D. Blackmore
  • She was dressed in rich brown velveteen, made to fit her lissome figure.

    Light O' The Morning L. T. Meade
  • He has twined his arms round her lissome figure, and is gazing anxiously into her eyes.

    Rossmoyne Unknown
  • But, with all her savage, lissome strength she scratched and struck and struggled.

    An Apache Princess Charles King
Word Origin and History for lissome
adj.

c.1800, variant of lithesome.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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