Supple meaning

sŭpəl
Readily bent, folded, or manipulated; pliant.

A wallet made of supple leather.

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Adaptable to changing circumstances.
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The definition of supple is someone or something that bends and moves easily and gracefully.

The fluid and graceful movements of a dancer are an example of something that would be described as supple.

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Able to bend and move easily and nimbly; lithe; limber.

A supple body.

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Easily changed or influenced.
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Adaptable, as to changes.

A supple mind.

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To make or become supple.
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Lithe and agile when moving and bending.

Supple joints; supple fingers.

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Compliant; yielding to the will of others.

A supple horse.

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To make or become supple.
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To make compliant, submissive, or obedient.
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Moving and bending with agility; limber.

A supple gymnast.

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To make or become supple.
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Easily bent or twisted; flexible; pliant.
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Origin of supple

  • Middle English souple from Old French from Latin supplex suppliant plāk-1 in Indo-European roots

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

  • From Middle English souple, from Old French souple, soupple (“soft, lithe, yielding"), from Latin supplic-, supplex (“suppliant, submissive, kneeling"), of uncertain formation. Either from sub + plicō (“bend") (compare complex), or from sub + plācō (“placate"). More at sub-, placate.

    From Wiktionary