adjective, lith·er, lith·est.
Origin of lithe
Examples from the Web for 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|Tim Teeman|June 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He wanted to be lithe and smooth and lightly airborne, working on his break dancing until he could make himself appear to flow.
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.
Then comes this Uncas of the eagle air, swooping with lithe movement to his rocky trysting-place.James Fenimore Cooper|Mary E. Phillips
Tall and lithe of form, straight of feature was the Israelite king.The Little Maid of Israel|Emma Howard Wight
She was lithe and gracefully built, and quick in her motions.Samuel the Seeker|Upton Sinclair
Driscoll seemed as indifferent as ever, though there was a lithe, alert spring in his step.The Missourian|Eugene P. (Eugene Percy) Lyle
A lithe figure in a gray habit and a broad-brimmed hat, fair as a Swede, but with dark eyes and heavy lashes.Mr. Isaacs|F. Marion Crawford
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.