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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.
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The Belgian started just 15 of Solskjaer's 29 matches last term and, amid the preference for lither players, Lukaku could struggle to force his way back into the United team if Inter fail to meet the club's asking price.
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Suggestions for the first element of the name included Anglo-Saxon "laefer" (gladiolus); Anglo-Saxon "lither" (bad, disagreeable); Old Norse "hlithar (slope); an Old English name, Leofhere; Middle English "livered" (coagulated, clotted).
He looks younger, fresher, lither. He is only 32 but he had always seemed old for his age.
Of the 26 post-Collingwood deliveries, only six went for more than a run on a playing surface kept as big as possible precisely so the younger, lither home batsmen could maximise running betweenthe wickets.
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The 31-year-old has been called the "Nigel Kennedy of his generation" but their respective recordings are chalk and cheese - Gould is lither, lighter and a lot faster.
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