[ 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 lithelithely, adverblitheness, noun
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How to use lithe in a sentence
In which the drowzie God of sleepe his lither limbes doth rest.Chaucer's Works, Volume 1 (of 7) -- Romaunt of the Rose; Minor Poems|Geoffrey Chaucer
The birds were about the size of the hermit thrushes, but lither and suppler.Birds of the Rockies|Leander Sylvester Keyser
She was like a tigress in a wicker cage, growing hungrier, lither, more gracefully fierce.We Can't Have Everything|Rupert Hughes
It is clean-cut in shape, perhaps rather lither than the brown trout, and when large it is not so deep.Fishing in British Columbia|Thomas Wilson Lambert
Then higher is Lither lane, turning also to the field, lately replenished with houses built, and so to the bar.The Survey of London|John Stow
British Dictionary definitions for lithe
/ (laɪð) /
flexible or supple
Derived forms of lithelithely, 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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