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graceful

[greys-fuh l]
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adjective
  1. characterized by elegance or beauty of form, manner, movement, or speech; elegant: a graceful dancer; a graceful reply.
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Origin of graceful

late Middle English word dating back to 1375–1425; see origin at grace, -ful
Related formsgrace·ful·ly, adverbgrace·ful·ness, nounnon·grace·ful, adjectivenon·grace·ful·ly, adverbnon·grace·ful·ness, noun

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limber, lithe, lissome.
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  • That being impossible, none other was graceful; hence none other was to be considered.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • That graceful maiden is too lovely for any destiny meaner than a royal marriage.

    Philothea

    Lydia Maria Child

  • Kate's nature was limited; part of her graceful equipoise was narrowness.

    Malbone

    Thomas Wentworth Higginson

  • She's as graceful as a deer, and I'm sure she'll run as fast as any of them.

    Thoroughbreds

    W. A. Fraser

  • Her perfect figure, perfectly encased, was graceful in every long curve.


British Dictionary definitions for graceful

graceful

adjective
  1. characterized by beauty of movement, style, form, etc
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Derived Formsgracefully, adverbgracefulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for graceful

adj.

mid-15c., "full of grace," also "pleasant, sweet," from grace (n.) + -ful. Meaning "with pleasing or attractive qualities" is from 1580s. Related: Gracefully; gracefulness.

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