or lis·som



lithesome or lithe, especially of body; supple; flexible.
agile, nimble, or active.

Origin of lissome

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

Antonyms for lissome

1. rigid. 2. clumsy. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for lissome

agile, athletic, flexible, graceful, limber, lithe, nimble, pliant

Examples from the Web for lissome

Contemporary Examples of lissome

Historical Examples of lissome

  • 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

c.1800, variant of lithesome.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper