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  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


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



  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



c.1800, variant of lithesome.

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