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

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. Unabridged
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lithe (laɪð)
flexible or supple
[Old English (in the sense: gentle; C15: supple); related to Old High German lindi soft, Latin lentus slow]

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Word Origin & History

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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Computing Dictionary

LITHE definition

Object-oriented with extensible syntax.
"LITHE: A Language Combining a Flexible Syntax and Classes", D. Sandberg, Conf Rec 9th Ann ACM Sym POPL, ACM 1982, pp.142-145.

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Example sentences
These champion sprinters rely on long, muscular legs to propel their lithe bodies.
These belonged to an epaulette shark, small and lovely and speckled, lithe as an eel as it curled round a coral pillar.
Hunter-gatherers may have been so lithe and healthy because the weak were dead.
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