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lithe

[lahyth] /laɪð/
adjective, lither, lithest.
1.
bending readily; pliant; limber; supple; flexible:
the lithe body of a ballerina.
Also, lithesome [lahyth -suh m] /ˈlaɪð səm/ (Show IPA).
Origin of lithe
900
before 900; Middle English lith(e), Old English līthe; cognate with Old Saxon līthi, German lind “mild,” Latin lentus “slow”
Related forms
lithely, adverb
litheness, noun
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  • He got to his feet with lithe swiftness of movement, and sprang close to the desk.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • She was a lithe, strong woman, taller than he, or else she would have fallen.

    Roden's Corner Henry Seton Merriman
  • She struck him, kicked and twisted with all her splendid, lithe strength, but it was in vain.

    Louisiana Lou William West Winter
  • She was in riding costume and was bending a lithe whip in her gloved hands.

  • There was a lithe alertness in the woman that puzzled Lenyard.

    Melomaniacs James Huneker
British Dictionary definitions for lithe

lithe

/laɪð/
adjective
1.
flexible or supple
Derived Forms
lithely, adverb
litheness, noun
Word Origin
Old English (in the sense: gentle; C15: supple); related to Old High German lindi soft, Latin lentus slow
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Word Origin and History for lithe
adj.

Old English liðe "soft, mild, gentle, meek," from Proto-Germanic *linthja- (cf. Old Saxon lithi "soft, mild, gentle," Old High German lindi, German lind, Old Norse linr, with characteristic loss of "n" before "th" in English), from PIE root *lent- "flexible" (cf. Latin lentus "flexible, pliant, slow," Sanskrit lithi). In Middle English, used of the weather. Current sense of "easily flexible" is from c.1300. Related: Litheness.

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