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  • adj. of or pertaining to a sylph
  • adj. slender and graceful

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Like a sylph; airy; graceful.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Resembling a sylph; graceful; slender: as, a sylph-like form.

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

  • adj. moving and bending with ease


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  • "I've always been a good eater," says sylphlike Bernstein, a former ballet dancer.

    Ellen Kanner: Meatless Monday: Discovering Common Threads

  • The mood is not indigo but sepia and the action – what there is of it – takes place in an authentically frumpy suburban sitting room designer Alison Chitty furnished with bulbous sofas and sad, sylphlike Lesley Manville.

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  • After this winter especially, if you've been patrolling farmers' markets since March for signs of miniature vegetables, sylphlike asparagus and potatoes the size of 24-carat diamonds, you are not alone.

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  • In a 1961 photograph of Burroughs in Tangiers (with poet Gregory Corso and composer and author Paul Bowles), there are also two sylphlike boys, just past adolescence, crouching in the background.

    'Beat Memories' at the National Gallery: Photography review by Philip Kennicott

  • Miranda, a sylphlike 11-year-old who was pinned beneath her crumpled home and watched her father die, says her favorite thing about the arts program was "for sure talking and drawing about my life."

    Sarah Ryley: After Earthquake, Children's Resilience Revealed in Play

  • Fronting a tight six-piece band, the sylphlike singer with the auburn-tinted hair appropriately rocked a look similar to Tina Turner's character Aunty Entity from the 1985 sci-fi flick, "Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome," only sexier.


  • “In casual conversation we hear this idea expressed all the time: Anorexia is caused by the incessant drumbeat of modern dieting, by the erotic veneration of sylphlike women,” writes Joan Jacobs Brumberg in her masterpiece Fasting Girls: The History of Anorexia Nervosa.

    Crazy Like Us

  • More often, we meet for a bite at the odd café on Beverly Blvd. under the pretext of giving some truly sylphlike barely eighteen-year-old “actress” this or that “script,” naturally.

    Hollywood Savage

  • The cover of the book, which features the sylphlike Ms. Coulter in a sleeveless black dress standing against a white background above the word "Guilty" (in all caps) is nearly identical to her last book, Godless.

    Drudge: Godless Author Coulter Now Guilty

  • How can you wish this upon a lady of such sylphlike symmetry as the fragrant and delightful Mrs. D.

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