- bending readily; pliant; limber; supple; flexible: the lithe body of a ballerina.
Origin of lithe
Related Words for lithersupple, agile, nimble, slim, limber, lean, lissome, loose, pliable, pliant, slight, spare, thin, lightsome
Examples from the Web for lither
Historical Examples of lither
Kittites had need to be confident in the skill of their lither lad.The Amazing Marriage, Complete
The birds were about the size of the hermit thrushes, but lither and suppler.Birds of the Rockies
Leander Sylvester Keyser
Next beyond this manor of Ely house is Lither lane, turning into the field.The Survey of London
The jaygee, a couple of years younger and lither than he, slid out first from his own side.The Syndic
Lither is used sometimes for weak or limber, at other times lean or pale.
- flexible or supple
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.