Something or someone that is supple bends and moves easily, like a contortionist at a circus sideshow. If you can wrap your legs around your neck, you most likely have a supple body.

Supple is often used as an adjective describing a body — such as a dancer’s; a fabric — such as soft leather; or a sound — such as an accomplished singer’s voice. This makes for a strange supple family, but all of its members can move with ease and flexibility. More idiomatically, supple can also be used to describe a mind. In this sense, it does not mean “easily brainwashed,” but has a more positive association with the open-mindedness of free-thinkers.

Definitions of supple
  1. adjective
    moving and bending with ease
    synonyms: lissom, lissome, lithe, lithesome, slender, svelte, sylphlike
    characterized by beauty of movement, style, form, or execution
  2. adjective
    (used of persons' bodies) capable of moving or bending freely
    synonyms: limber
    flexible, flexile
    able to flex; able to bend easily
  3. adjective
    (used of e.g. personality traits) readily adaptable
    “a supple mind”
    synonyms: limber
    capable of being changed
  4. verb
    make pliant and flexible
    “These boots are not yet suppled by frequent use”
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    type of:
    alter, change, modify
    cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
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