- bending readily without breaking or becoming deformed; pliant; flexible: a supple bough.
- characterized by ease in bending; limber; lithe: supple movements.
- characterized by ease, responsiveness, and adaptability in mental action.
- compliant or yielding.
- obsequious; servile.
- to make or become supple.
Origin of supple
Related Words for supplelithe, elastic, pliable, limber, agile, malleable, springy, pliant, flexible, resilient, graceful, svelte, wiry, bending, rubber, yielding, stretch, adaptable, ductile, lissome
Examples from the Web for supple
Contemporary Examples of supple
But that wine, a balanced blend of supple fruit, focused acidity and sweet spice, was my wake-up call.The Pleasures of America’s Oldest Vines
February 22, 2014
Loose silk pants, cozy ponchos, and supple leggings were all a part of the equation.The Missoni Show Was Full of Bathrobes
Misty White Sidell
February 24, 2013
Historical Examples of supple
I ought to be supple enough after the practice of these three days.The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
Year by year she grew, a brown-faced cherub, strong-limbed and supple.The Bacillus of Beauty
And never before had she seemed to him so supple and so strong.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
Her wet garment outlined her supple figure and her high bosom.
I bent over to her rapidly and threw my arm around her supple waist.
- bending easily without damage
- capable of or showing easy or graceful movement; lithe
- mentally flexible; responding readily
- disposed to agree, sometimes to the point of servility
- rare to make or become supple
Word Origin for supple
c.1300, from Old French souple "pliant, flexible," from Gallo-Romance *supples, from Latin supplex (genitive supplicis) "submissive, humbly begging," literally "bending, kneeling down," thought to be an altered form of *supplacos "humbly pleading, appeasing," from sub "under" + placare "appease" (see placate).