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Definition a graceful, flexible body — often implying thinness


graceful, flexible body movement

More rarely, lithe can mean that something is easily bent or flexed—such as "a thin blade of lithe steel," or "twisted the lithe vines."
  • The lithe dancers seem to float across the stage.
lithe = moving and bending with ease
  • Although Elvis is best known for his lithe, gyrating "Hound Dog" days, it is his later, weightier, gold lamé–draped self that remains the most emulated among most of his impersonators.
    Alyssa Fetini  --  Time Inc, 2010  --,28804,1952461_1952460_1952463,00.html#ixzz0wPA0qwrx (retrieved 08/12/10)
  • I've spent all day climbing to anxious heights, me and my buddy the glass monster, reaching for a better buzz, a taller head, one more lithe whiff (what could it hurt?)...
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Glass
  • lithe = thin and graceful
  • She was built like a long-distance runner, lithe and strong,
    Rick Riordan  --  The Sea of Monsters
  • lithe = thin with grace of movement
  • The long, lithe body dipped low to the ground.
    Wilson Rawls  --  Where the Red Fern Grows
  • lithe = thin with flexibility and grace of movement
  • He lounged on his throne of used human bones, looking lithe, graceful, and dangerous as a panther.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lightning Thief
  • lithe = (like one who could) move and bend with ease
  • Hylla was in her twenties, lithe and lean as a tiger.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Son of Neptune
  • lithe = thin with graceful and flexible body movement
  • He was a man about forty with graying hair and moustache, lithe and trim.
    Cormac McCarthy  --  All the Pretty Horses
  • lithe = thin with flexibility and grace of movement
  • ...a long lithe creature that Edmund took to be a dragon.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
  • lithe = flexible (moving and bending with ease)
  • I remembered how we'd followed the photographer, a tall, lithe man whose name I forgot, out across the sand to the jetty.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Just Listen
  • lithe = thin with flexibility and grace of movement
  • We were similar in build, thin and lithe, with somewhat spindly arms and legs.
    Chaim Potok  --  The Chosen
  • lithe = thin and flexible
  • a long lithe body
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Voyage of the Dawn Trader
  • lithe = thin with flexibility and grace of movement
  • Free the power within us so that, like the mighty felines of the wild, we know the lithe suppleness of our animal brethren and we are not bound by human chains or caged by their ignorant weaknesses.
    P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast  --  Marked
  • lithe = moving and bending with ease
  • Not long after, however, a guy named Mike, an easygoing, humorous six-foot-eight guy who had always encouraged me to get off the street, had an argument on the Corner with his girlfriend Mustang, a fine, lithe black woman with...
    James McBride  --  The Color of Water
  • lithe = thin with flexibility and grace of movement
  • Well, "SLITHY" means "lithe and slimy."
    Lewis Carroll  --  Through the Looking-Glass
  • lithe = moving and bending with ease
  • They are lithe and tender.
    An Na  --  A Step from Heaven
  • The total effect was to make him look gangling, where he had always before seemed compact and yet lithe.
    Stephen King  --  Cujo
  • The gin was well-formed, almost buxom; the girl, like Mary, slim, supple, and lithe.
    James Vance Marshall  --  Walkabout
  • When he spoke he paced the stage, lithe and eager, like a panther.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • He wanted to be lithe and fast; he wanted to be Michael Jordan.
    Michael Lewis  --  The Blind Side

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