sveltest

svelte

[svelt, sfelt]
adjective, svelter, sveltest.
1.
slender, especially gracefully slender in figure; lithe.
2.
suave; blandly urbane.

Origin:
1810–20; < French < Italian svelto < Vulgar Latin *exvellitus pulled out (replacing Latin ēvulsus, past participle of ēvellere), equivalent to Latin ex- ex- + velli-, variant stem of vellere to pull, pluck + -tus past participle suffix

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svelte (svɛlt, sfɛlt)
 
adj
1.  attractively or gracefully slim; slender
2.  urbane or sophisticated
 
[C19: from French, from Italian svelto, from svellere to pull out, from Latin ēvellere, from ex-1 + vellere to pull]

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svelte
"slender, lithe," c.1817, from Fr. svelte "slim, slender," from It. svelto "slim, slender," originally "pulled out, lengthened," from pp. of svellere "to pluck or root out," from V.L. *exvellere, from L. ex- "out" + vellere "to pluck, stretch."
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