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lithe

 (līth)
adj. lith·er, lith·est
1. Readily bent; supple: lithe birch branches.
2. Marked by effortless grace: a lithe ballet dancer.

[Middle English, from Old English līthe, flexible, mild.]

lithe′ly adv.
lithe′ness n.

lithe

(laɪð)
adj
flexible or supple
[Old English (in the sense: gentle; C15: supple); related to Old High German lindi soft, Latin lentus slow]
ˈlithely adv
ˈlitheness n

lithe

(laɪð, laɪθ)

adj. lith•er, lith•est.
bending readily; pliant; limber; supple; flexible.
[before 900; Middle English lith(e), Old English līthe, c. Old Saxon līthi, Old High German lindi mild, Latin lentus slow]
lithe′ly, adv.
lithe′ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.lithe - moving and bending with ease
graceful - characterized by beauty of movement, style, form, or execution

lithe

adjective supple, flexible, agile, limber, pliable, pliant, lissom(e), loose-jointed, loose-limbed His walk was lithe and graceful.
Translations
مَرِن، لَيِّن، رشيق
mrštný
smidig
lipur, liîugur
lokans

lithe

[laɪð] ADJágil

lithe

[ˈlaɪð] adjagile, souple

lithe

adj (+er)geschmeidig; person, body alsogelenkig

lithe

[laɪð] adj (frm) → agile, flessuoso/a

lithe

(laið) adjective
(used especially of the human body) bending easily; flexible. as lithe as a cat.
ˈlitheness noun
References in classic literature ?
Akut and the apes of Akut stood looking in startled wonder at the dead body of Sheeta and the lithe, straight figure of the man who had slain him.
She swung from limb to limb, or she raced through the mighty branches, surefooted, lithe, and fearless.
TARA of Helium rose from the pile of silks and soft furs upon which she had been reclining, stretched her lithe body languidly, and crossed toward the center of the room, where, above a large table, a bronze disc depended from the low ceiling.
The noise of their battle with Numa had drawn an excited horde of savages from the nearby village, and a moment after the lion's death the two men were surrounded by lithe, ebon warriors, gesticulating and jabbering--a thousand questions that drowned each ventured reply.
Here he again made it fast, and taking the loose end in his hand, clambered quickly down among the branches as far as the rope would permit him to go; then he swung out upon the end of it, his lithe, young body turning and twisting--a human bob upon a pendulum of grass--thirty feet above the ground.
An unusually handsome lithe young fellow, and an unusually handsome lithe girl; much alike; both very dark, and very rich in colour; she of almost the gipsy type; something untamed about them both; a certain air upon them of hunter and huntress; yet withal a certain air of being the objects of the chase, rather than the followers.
To look at the tawny brawn of his lithe snaky limbs, you would almost have credited the superstitions of some of the earlier Puritans, and half believed this wild Indian to be a son of the Prince of the Powers of the Air.
There was a quick dance of their lithe grey-figured bodies over the clumsy, prostrate figure.
The trees were lithe, mirthful, erect -- bright, slender, and graceful, -- of eastern figure and foliage, with bark smooth, glossy, and parti-colored.
At last came she whom Tarzan sought, with lithe sinews rolling beneath shimmering hide; fat and glossy came Sabor, the lioness.
It was the picture of a lithe, white-skinned youth swinging through the trees in company with a band of huge apes, and the old eyes blinked and a great fear came into them--the superstitious fear of one who believes in ghosts and spirits and demons.
He became quicker of movement than the other dogs, swifter of foot, craftier, deadlier, more lithe, more lean with ironlike muscle and sinew, more enduring, more cruel, more ferocious, and more intelligent.