supple


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sup·ple

 (sŭp′əl)
adj. sup·pler, sup·plest
1. Readily bent, folded, or manipulated; pliant: a wallet made of supple leather. See Synonyms at flexible.
2. Moving and bending with agility; limber: a supple gymnast.
3. Adaptable to changing circumstances: "The supple ambiguities of English are a large part of its genius" (Mark Abley).
tr. & intr.v. sup·pled, sup·pling, sup·ples
To make or become supple.

[Middle English souple, from Old French, from Latin supplex, suppliant; see plāk- in Indo-European roots.]

sup′ple·ness n.
sup′ply, sup′ple·ly adv.

supple

(ˈsʌpəl)
adj
1. bending easily without damage
2. capable of or showing easy or graceful movement; lithe
3. mentally flexible; responding readily
4. disposed to agree, sometimes to the point of servility
vb
rare to make or become supple
[C13: from Old French souple, from Latin supplex bowed]
ˈsuppleness n

sup•ple

(ˈsʌp əl)

adj. -pler, -plest, adj.
1. bending readily without breaking, splitting, etc.; pliant; flexible.
2. characterized by ease in bending; limber; lithe: supple movements.
3. characterized by mental responsiveness and adaptability.
4. compliant or yielding.
5. obsequious; servile.
v.t., v.i.
6. to make or become supple.
[1250–1300; < Old French < Latin supplex submissive, suppliant =sup- sup- + -plic-, perhaps the base of plicāre to fold1]
sup′ple•ness, n.

supple


Past participle: suppled
Gerund: suppling

Imperative
supple
supple
Present
I supple
you supple
he/she/it supples
we supple
you supple
they supple
Preterite
I suppled
you suppled
he/she/it suppled
we suppled
you suppled
they suppled
Present Continuous
I am suppling
you are suppling
he/she/it is suppling
we are suppling
you are suppling
they are suppling
Present Perfect
I have suppled
you have suppled
he/she/it has suppled
we have suppled
you have suppled
they have suppled
Past Continuous
I was suppling
you were suppling
he/she/it was suppling
we were suppling
you were suppling
they were suppling
Past Perfect
I had suppled
you had suppled
he/she/it had suppled
we had suppled
you had suppled
they had suppled
Future
I will supple
you will supple
he/she/it will supple
we will supple
you will supple
they will supple
Future Perfect
I will have suppled
you will have suppled
he/she/it will have suppled
we will have suppled
you will have suppled
they will have suppled
Future Continuous
I will be suppling
you will be suppling
he/she/it will be suppling
we will be suppling
you will be suppling
they will be suppling
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been suppling
you have been suppling
he/she/it has been suppling
we have been suppling
you have been suppling
they have been suppling
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been suppling
you will have been suppling
he/she/it will have been suppling
we will have been suppling
you will have been suppling
they will have been suppling
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been suppling
you had been suppling
he/she/it had been suppling
we had been suppling
you had been suppling
they had been suppling
Conditional
I would supple
you would supple
he/she/it would supple
we would supple
you would supple
they would supple
Past Conditional
I would have suppled
you would have suppled
he/she/it would have suppled
we would have suppled
you would have suppled
they would have suppled
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.supple - make pliant and flexible; "These boots are not yet suppled by frequent use"
alter, change, modify - cause to change; make different; cause a transformation; "The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city"; "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue"
Adj.1.supple - moving and bending with ease
graceful - characterized by beauty of movement, style, form, or execution
2.supple - (used of e.g. personality traits) readily adaptable; "a supple mind"; "a limber imagination"
flexible - capable of being changed; "flexible schedules"
3.supple - (used of persons' bodies) capable of moving or bending freely
flexile, flexible - able to flex; able to bend easily; "slim flexible birches"

supple

adjective
1. pliant, flexible, pliable, plastic, bending, elastic, rubbery, bendable, stretchable The leather is supple and sturdy enough to last for years.
pliant firm, stiff, rigid, taut, inflexible, unyielding, unbending
2. flexible, lithe, limber, lissom(e), loose-limbed Paul was incredibly supple and strong.
flexible stiff, awkward, inflexible, creaky (informal), graceless, unsupple

supple

adjective
1. Capable of being shaped, bent, or drawn out, as by hammering or pressure:
2. Capable of withstanding stress without injury:
Physics: plastic.
4. Capable of adapting or being adapted:
5. Willing to carry out the wishes of others:
Translations
لَيِّن، مَرِن، لَدِن
ohebnývláčný
spændstig
sveigjanlegur, lipur
lokans

supple

[ˈsʌpl] ADJ [body, leather] → flexible; [joint, limb] → ágil; [skin] → suave
this will keep your skin suppleesto mantendrá tu piel suave
to keep o.s. supplemantenerse flexible

supple

[ˈsʌpəl] adj
[person, body] → souple
[skin, leather] → souple

supple

adj (+er) body, material etcgeschmeidig, elastisch; personbeweglich; shoesweich; mind, intellectbeweglich, flexibel; to keep oneself/one’s fingers supplesich/seine Finger beweglich halten

supple

[ˈsʌpl] adj (-r (comp) (-st (superl))) → elastico/a, flessibile; (person) → agile

supple

(ˈsapl) adjective
(of the body etc) bending easily. Take exercise if you want to keep supple; supple dancers.
ˈsuppleness noun

supple

adj flexible, ágil
References in classic literature ?
Leo poked out a supple red tongue at him, but a moment later broke into a giggle at a tintype of two men, uncomfortably seated, with an awkward-looking boy in baggy clothes standing between them: Jake and Otto and I
He did not say good night until she had become supple to his gentle, seductive entreaties.
Without ceremony, and with a rough hand, he twirled the supple Gamut around on his heel, and more than once affirmed that the Hurons had done themselves great credit in the fashion of his costume.
Who would ever think of a SIDE of any of the supple cat tribe, as we speak of a SIDE of beef?
It was no more the withered limb of eld than my own; it was a rounded supple member, with smooth fingers, symmetrically turned; a broad ring flashed on the little finger, and stooping forward, I looked at it, and saw a gem I had seen a hundred times before.
His cheeks and chin were in the bluest bloom of smooth shaving; his nose was short Roman; his lips long, thin, and supple, curled up at the corners with a mildly-humorous smile.
Thus accoutred, and walking with the confident tread of such a character, and with the supple freedom of a woman who had habitually walked in her girlhood, bare-foot and bare-legged, on the brown sea-sand, Madame Defarge took her way along the streets.
She looked, indeed, like one of those wonderful boys of the Italian Renaissance, whom you may still see at the National Gallery, whose beauty is no denial, but rather the stamp of their slender, supple strength, young painters and sculptors who held the palette for Leonardo, or wielded the chisel for Michelangelo, and anon threw both aside to take up sword for Guelf or Ghibelline in the narrow streets of Florence.
Will ye submit your necks, and chuse to bend The supple knee?
I kept all my limbs very supple By the use of this ointment--one shilling the box-- Allow me to sell you a couple?
He was tall and supple, with a pale complexion, large nose, full lips, jet-black eyes, and jet-black hair, brushed high and usually rumpled into a curly tangle.
The chase is the emblem of war; it has stratagems, wiles, and crafty devices for overcoming the enemy in safety; in it extreme cold and intolerable heat have to be borne, indolence and sleep are despised, the bodily powers are invigorated, the limbs of him who engages in it are made supple, and, in a word, it is a pursuit which may be followed without injury to anyone and with enjoyment to many; and the best of it is, it is not for everybody, as field-sports of other sorts are, except hawking, which also is only for kings and great lords.