(comparative more lither, superlative most lither)
From Middle English lither, lyther, luther, lithere, lidder, from Old English lȳþre (“bad, wicked, base, mean, corrupt, wretched”), from Proto-Germanic *lūþrijaz (“neglected, dissolute, useless, bad”), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)leu- (“slack, limp”). Related to Old English loþrung (“delusion, rubbish, nonsense”), Old English loddere (“beggar”), Dutch lodder (“a wanton”), Dutch loddering (“drowsy, trifling, wanton”), German lotterig (“slovenly”), German lüderlich (“slovenly”), German liederlich (“dissolute”). See litherly.
Variant of lithe
Origin of litheMiddle 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