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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ I felt awkward among the lithe young sun-tanned girls on the beach.
▪ the dancer's lithe body
▪ A florid, solid woman, Zaiga bore little resemblance to the lithe, romantic girl her parents had lost.
▪ Feel beautiful, lithe and positive as you do them.
▪ He dashed across the puddles in the courtyard, lithe and athletic.
▪ His body was agonizingly slender and lithe.
▪ Second, I use the word because it is lithe and playful, high-spirited and coltish.
▪ The lithe and lean Banks was not alone.
▪ With such thoughts in my head and lithe grace in my movements, I loped up the grassy knoll to the court.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Lithe \Lithe\, v. t. [AS. l[imac][eth]ian. See Lithe, a.] To smooth; to soften; to palliate. [Obs.]


Lithe \Lithe\, a. [AS. l[imac][eth]e, for lin[eth]e tender, mild, gentle; akin to G. lind, gelind, OHG. lindi, Icel. linr, L. lenis soft, mild, lentus flexible, and AS. linnan to yield. Cf. Lenient.]

  1. Mild; calm; as, lithe weather. [Obs.]

  2. Capable of being easily bent; pliant; flexible; limber; as, the elephant's lithe proboscis.

    Syn: lithesome.


Lithe \Lithe\ (l[imac][th]), v. t. & i. [Icel hl[=y][eth]a. See Listen.] To listen or listen to; to hearken to. [Obs.]
--P. Plowman.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

Old English liðe "soft, mild, gentle, meek," from Proto-Germanic *linthja- (cognates: Old Saxon lithi "soft, mild, gentle," Old High German lindi, German lind, Old Norse linr, with characteristic loss of "n" before "th" in English), from PIE root *lent- "flexible" (cognates: Latin lentus "flexible, pliant, slow," Sanskrit lithi). In Middle English, used of the weather. Current sense of "easily flexible" is from c.1300. Related: Litheness.


Etymology 1 vb. (context intransitive obsolete English) To go. Etymology 2

  1. 1 (context obsolete English) mild; calm. 2 slim but not skinny 3 Capable of being easily bent; pliant; flexible; limber Etymology 3


  2. 1 (context intransitive obsolete English) To become calm. 2 (context transitive obsolete English) To make soft or mild; soften; alleviate; mitigate; lessen; smooth; palliate. Etymology 4

    vb. 1 (context intransitive obsolete English) To give ear; attend; listen. 2 (context transitive English) To listen to. Etymology 5

    n. (context Scotland English) shelter.


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

Lithe (programming language)

Lithe is an experimental programming language created in 1982 by David Sandberg at the University of Washington which allows the programmer to freely choose his own syntax. Lithe combines the ideas of syntax-directed translation and classes in a novel manner that results in a remarkably simple yet powerful language.


Lithe may refer to:

  • Lithe (programming language), an experimental programming language
  • Lithe (Middle-earth), a fictional holiday in J. R. R. Tolkien's writings

Usage examples of "lithe".

All in one lithe operation, the murderer was off into the night, carrying the alumite bust as a bonus.

One, slender and lithe with dark hair, was clearly female despite her anachronistic and less than flattering khaki uniform.

We ordered beer, a mixed antipasto, spaghetti with capers and olives and garlic, and osso bucco from a lithe, young woman who seemed genuinely happy to serve us.

She is his deepest innocence in spaces of bough and hay before wishes were given a separate name to warn that they might not come true, and his lithe Parisian daughter of joy, beneath the eternal mirror, forswearing perfumes, capeskin to the armpits, all that is too easy, for his impoverishment and more worthy love.

He awoke to heavy stamping and jumped off the shelf with sword in hand, quick and lithe as a panther, but groggy in mind.

Slaecca spoke to one of the serving lasses, who trotted off only to return in a few minutes with another servant, a blonde woman, heavy-breasted yet lithe.

Ediacaran organisms were devoured or outcompeted by the lither and more sophisticated animals of the Cambrian period.

Then were these young lumps transformed to limber, lither, merry fellows.

An embarrassed Captain Jounine spent half an hour apologizing to disgruntled matrons, some of whom seemed all the more irascible for being squeezed into armor meant for younger, lither versions of themselves.

Norman blood ran also in his veins, for his figure was lither and lighter, his features more straightly and shapely cut, than was common among Saxons.

The jaygee, a couple of years younger and lither than he, slid out first from his own side.

The other was a taller, lither man, with flashing red face and flaming hair of gold.

The queen stopped laying and grew thinner, lither, in preparation for a long flight.

He was nine now but, like all of them here, much smaller, lither, than normal boys his age.

Demanius, lither than me, hauls himself out of the window and drops into the alley below.