lithe

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

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

Nearby words

  1. lith,
  2. lith-,
  3. lith.,
  4. lithagogue,
  5. litharge,
  6. lithectomy,
  7. lithely,
  8. lithemia,
  9. lithesome,
  10. lithia

Also lithe·some [lahyth-suh m] /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”

Related formslithe·ly, adverblithe·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for lithely

lithe

/ (laɪð) /

adjective

flexible or supple
Derived Formslithely, 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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Word Origin and History for lithely

lithe

adj.

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.

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