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or lithesome

[lahyth] /laɪð/
adjective, lither, lithest.
bending readily; pliant; limber; supple; flexible:
the lithe body of a ballerina.
Origin of lithe
before 900; Middle English lith(e), Old English līthe; cognate with Old Saxon līthi, German lind mild, Latin lentus slow
Related forms
lithely, adverb
litheness, noun
Can be confused
lithe, lissome. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for lithe
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  • With the lithe, easy motions of the animal after which he was named, the Indian rose.

    The Rover of the Andes R.M. Ballantyne
  • He got to his feet with lithe swiftness of movement, and sprang close to the desk.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • Strangely, his face looked much older than his lithe athletic body.

    The Wolf Cub Patrick Casey
  • She struck him, kicked and twisted with all her splendid, lithe strength, but it was in vain.

    Louisiana Lou William West Winter
  • He saw a slender girl in riding-costume, lithe and strong, with the free step of one used to the open.

British Dictionary definitions for lithe


flexible or supple
Derived Forms
lithely, adverb
litheness, noun
Word Origin
Old English (in the sense: gentle; C15: supple); related to Old High German lindi soft, Latin lentus slow
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Word Origin and History for lithe

Old English liðe "soft, mild, gentle, meek," from Proto-Germanic *linthja- (cf. Old Saxon lithi "soft, mild, gentle," Old High German lindi, German lind, Old Norse linr, with characteristic loss of "n" before "th" in English), from PIE root *lent- "flexible" (cf. Latin lentus "flexible, pliant, slow," Sanskrit lithi). In Middle English, used of the weather. Current sense of "easily flexible" is from c.1300. Related: Litheness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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lithe in Technology

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.

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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