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lissome

or lis·som

[lis-uh m]
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adjective
  1. lithesome or lithe, especially of body; supple; flexible.
  2. agile, nimble, or active.
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Origin of lissome

First recorded in 1790–1800; variant of lithesome
Related formslis·some·ly, adverblis·some·ness, noun

Antonyms

1. rigid. 2. clumsy.
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Examples from the Web for lissom

Historical Examples

  • The mark seemed instinct with something of her lissom figure.

    The Fortune of the Rougons

    Emile Zola

  • It's so far to walk, sir, and my legs bean't as lissom as they used to be.

    The Toilers of the Field

    Richard Jefferies

  • It certainly does not suggest the lightness and lissom grace of the earlier designs.

  • They were sleek, lissom, and beautiful, and it was a pleasure to watch them.

    The Sea and the Jungle

    H. M. Tomlinson

  • What would make Robertlet and Ditti lissom, quick, interested, and gay?

    The Pastor's Wife

    Elizabeth von Arnim


British Dictionary definitions for lissom

lissom

lissome

adjective
  1. supple in the limbs or body; lithe; flexible
  2. agile; nimble
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Derived Formslissomly or lissomely, adverblissomness or lissomeness, noun

Word Origin

C19: variant of lithesome
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Word Origin and History for lissom

lissome

adj.

c.1800, variant of lithesome.

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