- lithesome or lithe, especially of body; supple; flexible.
- agile, nimble, or active.
Origin of lissome
First recorded in 1790–1800; variant of lithesome
1. rigid. 2. clumsy.
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Examples from the Web for lissome
The lean and lissome Obama has learned to slap with a long hand.Mumbai's Dangerous Amnesia
November 25, 2009
Slim and lissome, the dew of childhood was still on her lips, and the mist of it in her eyes.Oh, You Tex!
William Macleod Raine
She stood tall and lissome, the picture of slender, robust health.Highways in Hiding
George Oliver Smith
She was of medium stature, slender and lissome, looking taller than she really was.The Golden Dog
In his barbaric way he was somewhat of a dancer, and his legs were as lissome as his arms.A Man to His Mate
J. Allan Dunn
What rhythms are so lissome and persuasive as those of the first part?The Life of Francis Thompson
Word Origin and History for lissome
c.1800, variant of lithesome.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper