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lithe

[ lahyth ]
/ laɪð /
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adjective, lith·er, lith·est.

bending readily; pliant; limber; supple; flexible: the lithe body of a ballerina.

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Also lithe·some [lahyth-suhm] /ˈlaɪð səm/ .

Origin of lithe

before 900; Middle English lith(e), Old English līthe; cognate with Old Saxon līthi, German lind “mild,” Latin lentus “slow”

OTHER WORDS FROM lithe

lithely, adverblitheness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for lithe

lithe
/ (laɪð) /

adjective

flexible or supple

Derived forms of lithe

lithely, adverblitheness, noun

Word Origin for lithe

Old English (in the sense: gentle; C15: supple); related to Old High German lindi soft, Latin lentus slow
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