lither

lithe

[lahyth]
adjective, lither, lithest.
bending readily; pliant; limber; supple; flexible: the lithe body of a ballerina.
Also, lithesome.


Origin:
before 900; Middle English lith(e), Old English līthe; cognate with Old Saxon līthi, German lind mild, Latin lentus slow

lithely, adverb
litheness, noun

lithe, lissome.
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lithe (laɪð)
 
adj
flexible or supple
 
[Old English (in the sense: gentle; C15: supple); related to Old High German lindi soft, Latin lentus slow]
 
'lithely
 
adv
 
'litheness
 
n

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lithe
O.E. liðe "soft, mild, gentle, meek," from P.Gmc. *linthijaz (cf. O.S. lithi, O.H.G. lindi, Ger. lind, O.N. linr, with characteristic loss of "n" before "th" in Eng.), from PIE base *lent- "flexible" (cf. L. lentus "flexible, pliant, slow"). In M.E., used of the weather. Current sense of "easily
flexible" is from c.1400.
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