adjective, lith·er, lith·est.
Origin of lithe
Examples from the Web for lithely
Laura, arms folded, rose and lithely crossed the room several times, knitting her brow.The Eddy|Clarence L. Cullen
She tripped up the steps as lightly as a leaf blown by the wind, her trim figure swaying as lithely as a willow-shoot.Love in a Cloud|Arlo Bates
“All right; never mind,” he said, dismissing Aristocrates, who receded as lithely as though leading a cake-walk.The Moonlit Way|Robert W. Chambers
Its rich brown fur and orange throat make it one of the most lithely beautiful of British animals.Poachers and Poaching|John Watson
She slipped from his grasp as lithely as the serpentine pearls had run through his fingers.Mountain Blood|Joseph Hergesheimer
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.