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also lis·som  (lĭs′əm)
1. Moving or able to move with grace and ease; lithe and graceful.
2. Easily bent; supple.

[Alteration of lithesome.]

lis′some·ly adv.
lis′some·ness n.
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(ˈlɪsəm) or


1. supple in the limbs or body; lithe; flexible
2. agile; nimble
[C19: variant of lithesome]
ˈlissomly, ˈlissomely adv
ˈlissomness, ˈlissomeness n
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.lissom - moving and bending with ease
graceful - characterized by beauty of movement, style, form, or execution
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lissome [ˈlɪsəm] ADJágil, flexible
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[ˈlɪsəm] adjsouple, agile
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adjgeschmeidig; person alsogelenkig
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[ˈlɪsəm] adj (liter) → leggiadro/a
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Wang's initial entry was stunning and imposing, followed by flowing facility of passage-work conveyed through lissomly athletic bowing.
OH to be young again and able to cavort as effortlessly and lissomly as the young dancers in this European Ballet production, directed by Stanislav Tchassov, of Coppelia.