- 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
Examples from the Web for suppler
She had breathed; her limbs were suppler; her action was freer, easier, lighter.Rookwood
William Harrison Ainsworth
The birds were about the size of the hermit thrushes, but lither and suppler.Birds of the Rockies
Leander Sylvester Keyser
Her fingers were suppler than her mother's, and she scarcely spoke except to answer the latter's querulous questions.The Burial of the Guns
Thomas Nelson Page
They got Gib down, but I that was suppler, managed to jook among the young oak-trees and run what I was fit back to the troop.The Men of the Moss-Hags
S. R. Crockett
- 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 and History for suppler
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).