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Word of the Day
Monday, February 25, 2008

Definitions for lissom

  1. Limber; supple; flexible.
  2. Light and quick in action; nimble; agile; active.

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Citations for lissom
Raphaelle Boitel moves with the lissom, contortionist plastique of a snake-woman. Nadine Meisner, Independent
Her foot touches the plate and sets off the trap, but so swift and lissome is she that her ankles evade the clash of the serrated iron jaws as they spring together. John Bayley, Iris and Her Friends
Origin of lissom
Lissom is an alteration of lithesome, which derives from Old English lithe, "flexible, mild, gentle."