Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Easily bent; supple.
  • adj. Having the ability to move with ease; limber.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. lithe; quick and graceful in movement

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Limber; supple; flexible; lithe; lithesome; light; nimble; active. Sometimes written lissom.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. moving and bending with ease

Etymologies

Alteration of lithesome.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Alteration of lithesome (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • A sharp critic might accuse Mr. Du Maurier of lingering too complacently on the lines in question; of having a certain ideal of "lissome" elongation to which the promiscuous truth is sometimes sacrificed.

    Picture and Text 1893

  • Meanwhile, gazing out across the back lake, where we fed kitchen scraps to the seagulls, I always found it hard to take my eyes off the pelicans, those majestic, stately, yet grunting survivors of some antediluvian epoch, or else to keep track of the lissome cormorants after they dived energetically for fish.

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  • Text is always an innocuous beam of pure starlight which personal experience * never* has any sort of bearing on; it merely enters through your ajna chakra and slips down slowly into your throat, from which elegant and suitably academic explications de texte flow like the finest lavender honey made by lissome elven beekeepers.

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  • His Bond starts out as a stone killer—The Spy Who Came In From the Warmth—though his heart is touched, if not quite pierced, by Vesper Lynd, a lissome, mostly cool British Treasury official played superbly by Eva Green.

    Smart, Patchy, Sweet 'Crazy, Stupid, Love'

  • With a sound like finely threaded silk, her Mozart was lissome and endearing.

    Brad Hill: Review: London Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall

  • Eva Green is Vesper Lynd, a lissome British treasury official and emotional chameleon.

    'Tattoo': Raw, Rousing and Rather Redundant

  • She seemed so much softer, so much more pliant, and tender, and lissome.

    Chapter XVIII

  • Though lacking the elm's lissome beauty, the London plane is an ideal city tree—fast-growing, tolerant of pollutants and pruning, untroubled by pathogens or insect pests.

    The Roman Roots of Gotham's London Plane

  • Excerpts from Roland Petit's 1974 "Proust ou Les intermittences du Coeur," presented with different casts, offered rewarding dance challenges to both the lissome and impressive Guillaume Côté and the impassioned and intense Mr. Gomes.

    Those Mighty Men in Tights

  • During these final scenes, performances radiating their own redemptive powers are filed by the lissome Heather Lind as 16-year-old Perdita, by bold Francois Battiste as her lover and Polixenes's son Florizel, by effortlessly funny Jesse Tyler Ferguson and by always reliable Hamish Linklater as the scamming Autolycus.

    David Finkle: First Nighter: Public Theater's Merchant of Venice and Winter's Tale Are Problems, Only the First of Which Is Solved

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