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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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  • Abby was indeed a fair and gracious vision as she stood there, straight and lissome as a young palm-tree.

    Crestlands Mary Addams Bayne
  • She was of medium stature, slender and lissome, looking taller than she really was.

    The Golden Dog William Kirby
  • Slim and lissome, the dew of childhood was still on her lips, and the mist of it in her eyes.

    Oh, You Tex! William Macleod Raine
  • She stood tall and lissome, the picture of slender, robust health.

    Highways in Hiding George Oliver Smith
  • She was small, lissome, of a vigorous figure and vastly more attractive to his eye than any girl he had ever looked at.

    The Heart of Canyon Pass Thomas K. Holmes
  • In his barbaric way he was somewhat of a dancer, and his legs were as lissome as his arms.

    A Man to His Mate J. Allan Dunn
  • Their shapely, lissome feet skim and bound in bewildering and intricate steps, to the clicking of ribbon-decked castanets.

    The Story of Seville Walter M. Gallichan
  • What rhythms are so lissome and persuasive as those of the first part?

  • Little tremors quivered over the lissome body of the lioness.

Word Origin and History for lissome

c.1800, variant of lithesome.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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