Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Moving or able to move with grace and ease; lithe and graceful.
  • adjective Easily bent; supple.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

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  • adjective lithe; quick and graceful in movement

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

  • adjective moving and bending with ease

Etymologies

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

[Alteration of lithesome.]

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Alteration of lithesome

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

  • 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

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

    Brad Hill: Review: London Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall

  • 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.

    ok so now I'm getting peeved.

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

    Brad Hill: Review: London Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall

  • 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.

    The Kookaburra

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

    Brad Hill: Review: London Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall

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