from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Readily bent; pliant.
- adj. Moving and bending with agility; limber.
- adj. Yielding or changing readily; compliant or adaptable. See Synonyms at flexible.
- transitive v. To make or become supple.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. pliant, easy to bend
- adj. lithe and agile when moving and bending
- adj. flexible and compliant
- v. To make or become supple.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Pliant; flexible; easily bent.
- adj. Yielding compliant; not obstinate; submissive to guidance.
- adj. Bending to the humor of others; flattering; fawning; obsequious.
- transitive v. To make soft and pliant; to render flexible.
- transitive v. To make compliant, submissive, or obedient.
- intransitive v. To become soft and pliant.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Pliant; flexible; easily bent: as, supple joints; supple fingers.
- Yielding; compliant; not obstinate.
- Capable of adapting one's self to the wishes and opinions of others; bending to the humor of others; obsequious; fawning; also, characterized by such obsequiousness, as words and acts.
- Tending to make pliant or pliable; soothing.
- Synonyms Lithe, limber, lissome.
- To make supple; make pliant; render flexible: as, to supple leather.
- To make compliant, submissive, humble, or yielding.
- Specifically, to train (a saddle-horse) by making him yield with docility to the rein, bending his neck to left or right at the slightest pressure.
- To soothe.
- To become soft and pliant.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. (used of e.g. personality traits) readily adaptable
- adj. (used of persons' bodies) capable of moving or bending freely
- v. make pliant and flexible
- adj. moving and bending with ease
Middle English souple, from Old French, from Latin supplex, suppliant; see plāk-1 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English souple, from Old French souple, soupple ("soft, lithe, yielding"), from Latin supplic-, supplex ("suppliant, submissive, kneeling"), of uncertain formation. Either from sub + plicō ("bend") (compare complex), or from sub + plācō ("placate"). More at sub-, placate. (Wiktionary)