Can you dance the hula? Get into crazy yoga positions, or touch your toes? Then you're limber, meaning your body is pretty flexible and able to bend well.

Limber generally implies long and graceful limbs. Ballet dancers, it goes without saying, are limber. The term is also used for anything that's capable of being bent easily, such as a piece of metal or, in the metaphorical sense, someone's personality. More often, though, with this particular sense you'll find the word pliant used, implying easily manipulated. Good to be limber, less so to be pliant.

Definitions of limber
  1. adjective
    (used of artifacts) easily bent
    flexible, flexile
    able to flex; able to bend easily
  2. adjective
    (used of persons' bodies) capable of moving or bending freely
    synonyms: supple
    flexible, flexile
    able to flex; able to bend easily
  3. adjective
    (used of e.g. personality traits) readily adaptable
    “a limber imagination”
    synonyms: supple
    capable of being changed
  4. verb
    cause to become limber
    “The violist limbered her wrists before the concert”
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    type of:
    warm up
    cause to do preliminary exercises so as to stretch the muscles
  5. noun
    a two-wheeled horse-drawn vehicle used to pull a field gun or caisson
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    type of:
    horse-drawn vehicle
    a wheeled vehicle drawn by one or more horses
  6. verb
    attach the limber
    limber a cannon”
    synonyms: limber up
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    type of:
    cause to be attached
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