A Word A Day : Lissome

Monday, 12th May 2008 : Today's Word is ...


( Adjective )

Pronunciation : líssom


1. Having the ability to move with ease

2. Gracefully slender, moving and bending with ease

2. Easily bent


Old English - līthe - gentle - Indo-European - flexible


lissome, lithe, lithesome, slender, supple, svelte, sylphlike, limber


hard, inflexible

Contextual Examples:

• She seemed so much softer, so much more pliant and tender and lissome.

• There was a grace, which no austerity could diminish, about every movement of her lissome, slender form.

Related Words:

lissomely : Adverb

lissomeness : Noun

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