The fluid and graceful movements of a dancer are an example of something that would be described as supple.
- easily bent or twisted; flexible; pliant
- able to bend and move easily and nimbly; lithe; limber: a supple body
- easily changed or influenced
- adaptable, as to changes: a supple mind
Origin of suppleMiddle English souple from Old French from Classical Latin supplex, humble, submissive, akin to supplicare: see supplicate
intransitive verb-·pled, -·pling
- Readily bent, folded, or manipulated; pliant: a wallet made of supple leather. See Synonyms at flexible.
- Moving and bending with agility; limber: a supple gymnast.
- Adaptable to changing circumstances: “The supple ambiguities of English are a large part of its genius” ( Mark Abley )
tr. & intr.v.sup·pled, sup·pling, sup·ples
Origin of suppleMiddle English souple from Old French from Latin supplex suppliant ; see plāk-1 in Indo-European roots.
- sup′ply sup′ple·ly
(comparative suppler, superlative supplest)
(third-person singular simple present supples, present participle suppling, simple past and past participle suppled)
- To make or become supple.
- To make compliant, submissive, or obedient.