Definition of lithe in English:

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Pronunciation: /līT͟H/
(also lithesome)


(Especially of a person’s body) thin, supple, and graceful.
Example sentences
  • She could feel the strength his lithe body possessed, even wounded and laying on a table.
  • For the inaugural event, the dancers' lithe bodies were swathed in white.
  • Hung on a stark frame, it was a mould of her long, lithe body.
agile, graceful, supple, limber, lithesome, loose-limbed, nimble, deft, flexible, lissome, slender, slim, willowy



Pronunciation: /ˈlīT͟Hlē/
Example sentences
  • Her slender, yet fully curved figure captured everyone's eyes and imagination as she walked by gracefully and lithely with the raw sensuality and toughness of a tiger.
  • The city seems awash with lithely fit people, slinging gym bags over their muscular shoulders as they stride purposefully towards the nearest health-club.
  • The same could be said of an energetic and lithely crafted ‘Don Juan’ that is also quite memorable in the astonishing early stereo sound.


Pronunciation: /ˈlīT͟Hnəs/
Example sentences
  • They would sooner have the bulk than the litheness and agility.
  • With this revival came a concomitant revival of the corporeal values associated with gymnastics: upper body strength, musculature, elasticity, litheness, flexibility, poise, and equilibrium.
  • He moves around opponents with a litheness and grace unexpected in most prizefighters, let alone movie stars.


Old English līthe 'gentle, meek', also 'mellow', of Germanic origin; related to German lind 'soft, gentle'.

Words that rhyme with lithe

blithe, scythe, tithe, writhe
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