Have you ever seen people who can bend so easily, they can touch their heels to the back of their heads? Those people are, in a word, lithe.

Lithe comes to us from Old English and originally meant "mild, meek." As a meek person bends to the will of others, the meaning of lithe has broadened to flexible and even graceful. Think of a dancer or the ease of a sleek cat when you think of lithe. You can use it to describe a person or the way someone moves.

Definitions of lithe

adj moving and bending with ease

lissom, lissome, lithesome, slender, supple, svelte, sylphlike
characterized by beauty of movement, style, form, or execution

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