- The definition of lithe is a graceful, flexible body.
An example of lithe is the body of a gymnast or dancer.
Origin: Middle English from Old English lithe, soft, mild, akin to Old High German lindi from Indo-European base an unverified form lento-, flexible, bendable from source linden, Classical Latin lentus, pliant, flexible
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adjective lith·er, lith·est
- Readily bent; supple: lithe birch branches.
- Marked by effortless grace: a lithe ballet dancer.
Origin: Middle English, from Old English līthe, flexible, mild.
- litheˈly adverb
- litheˈness noun