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willowy

[wil-oh-ee] /ˈwɪl oʊ i/
adjective, willowier, willowiest.
1.
pliant; lithe.
2.
(of a person) tall, slender, and moving gracefully.
3.
abounding with willows.
Origin
1760-1770
1760-70; willow + -y1
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  • Critical thinking is, more or less, the other anchor of the spider web: the willowy stem of skepticism.
  • He was, he later remembered, attracted to her cool demeanor and willowy good looks.
  • The willowy actress, who adheres to a strict macrobiotic diet, had begun to draw attention for looking more curvaceous.
  • Tall and willowy, she had played harp at her grandfather's funeral two days before she disappeared.
  • No longer a willowy waif, she's a little more solid these days, even if it appears that she's terminally pale.
  • Then she waved her arms in a willowy gesture, sending two doves flying from her sleeve.
British Dictionary definitions for willowy

willowy

/ˈwɪləʊɪ/
adjective
1.
slender and graceful
2.
flexible or pliant
3.
covered or shaded with willows
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Word Origin and History for willowy
adj.

"flexible and graceful," 1791, from willow + -y (2). Related: Willowiness.

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