lissome

[lis-uhm]
adjective
1.
lithesome or lithe, especially of body; supple; flexible.
2.
agile, nimble, or active.
Also, lissom.


Origin:
1790–1800; variant of lithesome

lissomely, adverb
lissomeness, noun

lithe, lissome.


1. rigid. 2. clumsy.
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lissom or lissome (ˈlɪsəm)
 
adj
1.  supple in the limbs or body; lithe; flexible
2.  agile; nimble
 
[C19: variant of lithesome]
 
lissome or lissome
 
adj
 
[C19: variant of lithesome]
 
'lissomly or lissome
 
adv
 
'lissomely or lissome
 
adv
 
'lissomness or lissome
 
n
 
'lissomeness or lissome
 
n

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lissome
c.1800, variant of lithesome (1768, see lithe).
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Example sentences
It showed her long, lissome form to great advantage.
Their show had plenty of comedy vigor and musical vivacity to both of which a lissome chorus contributed generously.
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