Next beyond this manor of Ely house is lither lane, turning into the field.
The birds were about the size of the hermit thrushes, but lither and suppler.
The north dialect also contains the word "lither" meaning sluggish.
lither is used sometimes for weak or limber, at other times lean or pale.
Then higher is lither lane, turning also to the field, lately replenished with houses built, and so to the bar.
Then were these young lumps transformed to limber, lither, merry fellows.
She was like a tigress in a wicker cage, growing hungrier, lither, more gracefully fierce.
One of the men was Pagratide, transformed by anger; seemingly taller, darker, lither.
Kittites had need to be confident in the skill of their lither lad.
The jaygee, a couple of years younger and lither than he, slid out first from his own side.
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.