- bending readily; pliant; limber; supple; flexible: the lithe body of a ballerina.
Origin of lithe
Examples from the Web for lithesome
Her drawings were replete with lithesome curves; so, too, was her literary style.Local Color
Irvin S. Cobb
He was as lithesome as an Indian, and could outdo him in some physical efforts and endurance.
She wore a gown of shimmering white which clung to her lithesome figure in soft folds.Bee and Butterfly
Lucy Foster Madison
The long, yellow wave curled inwards from both flanks, the men going forward with quick, lithesome steps.
He saw another trading Post, and a fair, lithesome form walking up the trail, and humming catches of an old song.The Chief of the Ranges
H. A. Cody
- a less common word for lissom
- flexible or supple
Word Origin and History for lithesome
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.