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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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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

c.1800, variant of lithesome.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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