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or lissom

[lis-uh m] /ˈlɪs əm/
lithesome or lithe, especially of body; supple; flexible.
agile, nimble, or active.
Origin of lissome
1790-1800; variant of lithesome
Related forms
lissomely, adverb
lissomeness, noun
Can be confused
lithe, lissome.
1. rigid. 2. clumsy. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Historical Examples
  • They were sleek, lissom, and beautiful, and it was a pleasure to watch them.

    The Sea and the Jungle H. M. Tomlinson
  • It's so far to walk, sir, and my legs bean't as lissom as they used to be.

    The Toilers of the Field Richard Jefferies
  • In his fifteenth summer he was a man, tall, broad, straight and lissom as a locust tree.

  • The mark seemed instinct with something of her lissom figure.

  • What would make Robertlet and Ditti lissom, quick, interested, and gay?

    The Pastor's Wife Elizabeth von Arnim
  • It certainly does not suggest the lightness and lissom grace of the earlier designs.

  • In play-time they desired no better companion, for she was a child herself in gaiety of heart and lissom sportiveness.

    The Whirlpool George Gissing
  • She stood before him like a queen in her lissom, brave, defiant youth.

    Wyoming, a Story of the Outdoor West William MacLeod Raine
  • The lissom birch thrives ungarnered in the thicket, where grace and gentleness supply the whilom vigor of its sway.

    Explanation of Catholic Morals John H. Stapleton
  • She was of good height and lissom, with small feet and hands, but the outlines of her figure were Southern in grace and fulness.

    Gulmore, The Boss Frank Harris
British Dictionary definitions for lissom


supple in the limbs or body; lithe; flexible
agile; nimble
Derived Forms
lissomly, lissomely, adverb
lissomness, lissomeness, noun
Word Origin
C19: variant of lithesome
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for lissom



c.1800, variant of lithesome.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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