Lithe meaning

līth
Slim but not skinny.

A lithe body.

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Bending easily; flexible; supple; limber; lissome.
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The definition of lithe is a graceful, flexible body.

An example of lithe is the body of a gymnast or dancer.

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Readily bent; supple.

Lithe birch branches.

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Marked by effortless grace.

A lithe ballet dancer.

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(intransitive, obsolete) To go.
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Capable of being easily bent; pliant; flexible; limber.

The elephant's lithe proboscis.

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(intransitive, obsolete) To become calm.
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(obsolete) To make soft or mild; soften; alleviate; mitigate; lessen; smooth; palliate.
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To listen to.
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(Scotland) Shelter.
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Origin of lithe

  • Middle English from Old English līthe flexible, mild

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English lithen, from Old English līþan (“to go, travel, sail, be bereft of"), from Proto-Germanic *līþanÄ… (“to go, leave, suffer"), from Proto-Indo-European *leit- (“to go, depart, die"). Cognate with North Frisian lyen, lye (“to suffer"), Dutch lijden (“to suffer, dree, abide"), German leiden (“to suffer, brook, permit"). See also lode, lead.

    From Wiktionary

  • From Middle English lithen, from Old Norse hlýða (“to listen"), from Proto-Germanic *hliuþijanÄ… (“to listen"), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱlewe- (“to hear"). Cognate with Danish lytte (“to listen"). Related to Old English hlÄ“oþor (“noise, sound, voice, song, hearing"), Old English hlÅ«d (“loud, noisy, sounding, sonorous"). More at loud.

    From Wiktionary

  • From Middle English, from Old English līþe (“gentle, mild"), from Proto-Germanic *linþiz, from Proto-Indo-European *lento. Akin to Danish and German lind (“mild"), Icelandic linr (“soft to the touch"). Not attested in Gothic nor Old Norse. Some sources list also Latin lenis (“soft"), others Latin lentus (“supple").

    From Wiktionary

  • From Middle English lithen, from Old English līþian, līþiÄ¡ian (“to soften, calm, mitigate, assuage, appease, be mild"), from Proto-Germanic *linþēnÄ…, *lenþēnÄ… (“to soften"), from Proto-Indo-European *lento- (“bendsome, resilient").

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  • Origin uncertain; perhaps an alteration of lewth.

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