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Definition thin and moving and bending with ease; or quick and graceful in movement
  • She's not as strong, but she's more lissome.
  • With the sleight of a boxer, she slipped a lissome hand into his pocket and pulled out the folio again.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • He was charmed by the pale face, the lissome figure, draped in pearl gray, with a coiled string of pearls at the throat.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • Tall and lissome and striking in their good looks, Evan and Grace drew attention from the passersby, which made him uncomfortable.
    Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea
  • A lissome, blond, sinuous girl with lovely legs and honey-colored skin laid herself out contentedly on the arm of the old man's chair and began molesting his angular, pale, dissolute face languidly and coquettishly.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • This leads to nearly terminal recriminations between Willard—described as having "a marvelous Princetonian tilt to his head, besides a considerable feline grace"—and the bereaved Ramona, "her slender lissomeness barely concealing the full voluptuous surge which lurked beneath."
    William Styron  --  Sophie's Choice
  • (Editor's note:  The suffix "-ness" converts an adjective to a noun that means the quality of. This is the same pattern you see in words like darkness, kindness, and coolness.)
  • It was remarkable then how that little seat of a roadster gave as much room for deployment and maneuver as the classic plains of Flanders and how a creature who could lie in your clutch as lissome as willow and soft as silk and cuddly as a kitten could suddenly develop that appalling number of cunning, needle-pointed elbows and astute knees.
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King's Men
  • It was fringed in all its length with slim young birches, white stemmed and lissom boughed; ferns and starflowers and wild lilies-of-the-valley and scarlet tufts of pigeonberries grew thickly along it; and always there was a delightful spiciness in the air and music of bird calls and the murmur and laugh of wood winds in the trees overhead.
    Lucy Maud Montgomery  --  Anne Of Green Gables
  • He sought for beauty consciously, and he remembered how even as a boy he had taken pleasure in the Gothic cathedral as one saw it from the precincts; he went there and looked at the massive pile, gray under the cloudy sky, with the central tower that rose like the praise of men to their God; but the boys were batting at the nets, and they were lissom and strong and active; he could not help hearing their shouts and laughter.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • There were, of course, well-soaped poles to be climbed by the boys and youths, races to be run by the old women, races to be run in sacks, heavy weights to be lifted by the strong men, and a long list of challenges to such ambitious attempts as that of walking as many yards possible on one leg—feats in which it was generally remarked that Wiry Ben, being "the lissom'st, springest fellow i' the country," was sure to be pre-eminent.
    George Eliot  --  Adam Bede
  • ...of little worlds, distinct and separate—placing a stage set with red trees, American oaks, like an experimental forest in Virginia, next to a fir-wood by the edge of the lake, or to a forest grove from which would suddenly emerge, in her lissom covering of furs, with the large, appealing eyes of a dumb animal, a hastening walker—was the Garden of Woman; and like the myrtle-alley in the Aeneid, planted for their delight with trees of one kind only, the Allee des Acacias was thronged...
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann's Way
  • The married copywriters met their secretaries, or the secretaries of other writers, or the tall and lissome secretaries of account executives, white-shod and well-spoken, and went about the tender regimen of their lunchtime love—the nooner, it was called, or the matinee—meeting in the secretaries' snug apartments, striking in their dimensional similarity to the cubicles the writers worked in, only decorated more touchingly and vulnerably, with posters of Madrid on the off-white walls,...
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • ...wife before she'd married him, he saw her picking at Ichikawas' farm, how he'd come toward her carrying his caddy and as if by accident, by happenstance, how she hadn't seen him coming, intent on her work, bent to it, but at the last minute lifted her gaze, lissome as ever, continuously picking—berries lay gently like red gems between her fingers—and while she met his eyes fed one of her woven pine baskets, three of which already lay full on the caddy, mounded over with ripened fruit.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • I had never lolled with my cousins, those broad-shouldered gods and lissom nymphs, when they talked of love.
    Madeline Miller  --  Circe

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