- bending readily; pliant; limber; supple; flexible: the lithe body of a ballerina.
Origin of lithe
Related Words for lithesupple, agile, nimble, slim, limber, lean, lissome, loose, pliable, pliant, slight, spare, thin, lightsome
Examples from the Web for lithe
Contemporary Examples of lithe
Yet there were no pictures of Harry in his swimming trunks being kissed by lithe beauties on Ipanema Beach this week.Prince Harry Should Be King: The Royal Family’s Ace Card
June 27, 2014
He wanted to be lithe and smooth and lightly airborne, working on his break dancing until he could make himself appear to flow.Shaq, Year One
Charles P. Pierce
May 24, 2014
Who was that lithe, bendable gymnast setting alight the Olympic flame?
The fact is that Putin has never publically acknowledged his rumored relationship with the lithe, bendable Kabaeva.
The Fishermen, like thieves, shake out their silver,/ the lithe knives wriggle on the drying sand.This Week’s Hot Reads: January 19th, 2014
January 22, 2014
Historical Examples of lithe
He got to his feet with lithe swiftness of movement, and sprang close to the desk.Within the Law
She was a lithe, strong woman, taller than he, or else she would have fallen.Roden's Corner
Henry Seton Merriman
She struck him, kicked and twisted with all her splendid, lithe strength, but it was in vain.Louisiana Lou
William West Winter
She was in riding costume and was bending a lithe whip in her gloved hands.The Woman Thou Gavest Me
There was a lithe alertness in the woman that puzzled Lenyard.Melomaniacs
- flexible or supple
Word Origin for lithe
Old English liðe "soft, mild, gentle, meek," from Proto-Germanic *linthja- (cf. Old Saxon lithi "soft, mild, gentle," Old High German lindi, German lind, Old Norse linr, with characteristic loss of "n" before "th" in English), from PIE root *lent- "flexible" (cf. Latin lentus "flexible, pliant, slow," Sanskrit lithi). In Middle English, used of the weather. Current sense of "easily flexible" is from c.1300. Related: Litheness.