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Lissom \Lis"som\, Lissome \Lis"some\ (l[i^]s"s[u^]m), a. [For lithesome.]

  1. Limber; supple; flexible; lithe; lithesome.

    Straight, but as lissome as a hazel wand.

  2. Light; nimble; active.
    --Halliwell. -- Lis"some*ness, n.


a. (alternative form of lissome English)


adj. gracefully slender; moving and bending with ease [syn: lissome, lithe, lithesome, slender, supple, svelte, sylphlike]

Usage examples of "lissom".

Josie Scally, neat and lissom in her parlour maid dress, opened the back door of Mrs.

Her figure was as lissom as a nymph's, her hair a raven black, her complexion a meeting of the lily and the rose, her eyes full of fire, her lashes long, and her eye-brows so well arched that they seemed ready to make war on any who would dare the conquest of her charms.

It was fringed in all its length with slim young birches, white stemmed and lissom boughed.

She was well-named Aphrodite, with those long black, tapering legs and rounded rump and lissom waist, and when she turned to face me, wriggling her torso-well, I've never looked at a pumpkin since without thinking: buffalo wallow.

As Ashalind made her duty on bended knee, a dark-haired maiden, lissom as a stemmed orchid, stepped forward: the Lady Rithindel.

Nothing beautiful or lissom about him, and the Tudor court dress made the poor child look like a small ale keg with a head and skinny arms and legs.