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lissome

or lis·som

[lis-uhm]
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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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Related Words

agileathleticflexiblegracefullimberlithenimblepliant

Examples from the Web for lissome

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Historical Examples

  • 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

    William Kirby

  • 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?


Word Origin and History for lissome

adj.

c.1800, variant of lithesome.

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