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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Exercise will help keep your joints and muscles supple.
▪ A slice of black bread, supple as cardboard.
▪ But her writing was also growing slightly more supple.
▪ Only one small, white-highlighted ripple showed where the supple arrow of his body had pierced the water.
▪ Sometimes there was a new seriousness, the supple posture of childhood exchanged for squared shoulders and a stiff spine.
▪ Stoked by heat, they said, the thick layer of rock known as the mantle could be supple enough to flow.
▪ The most important thing is to be supple, to be flexible.
▪ These minute, supple spheres rest invisibly on the surface of the skin.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Supple \Sup"ple\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Suppled; p. pr. & vb. n. Suppling.]

  1. To make soft and pliant; to render flexible; as, to supple leather.

    The flesh therewith she suppled and did steep.

  2. To make compliant, submissive, or obedient.

    A mother persisting till she had bent her daughter's mind and suppled her will.

    They should supple our stiff willfulness.


Supple \Sup"ple\, a. [OE. souple, F. souple, from L. supplex suppliant, perhaps originally, being the knees. Cf. Supplicate.]

  1. Pliant; flexible; easily bent; as, supple joints; supple fingers.

  2. Yielding compliant; not obstinate; submissive to guidance; as, a supple horse.

    If punishment . . . makes not the will supple, it hardens the offender.

  3. Bending to the humor of others; flattering; fawning; obsequious.

    Syn: Pliant; flexible; yielding; compliant; bending; flattering; fawning; soft.


Supple \Sup"ple\, v. i. To become soft and pliant.

The stones . . . Suppled into softness as they fell.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

c.1300, "soft, tender," from Old French souple, sople "pliant, flexible; humble, submissive" (12c.), from Gallo-Roman *supples, from Latin supplex "submissive, humbly begging, beseeching, kneeling in entreaty," literally "bending, kneeling down," perhaps an altered form of *supplacos "humbly pleading, appeasing," from sub "under" + placare "appease" (see placate). Meaning "pliant" is from late 14c.; figurative sense of "artfully obsequious, capable of adapting oneself to the wishes and opinions of others" is from c.1600. Supple-chapped (c.1600) was used of a flatterer. Related: Suppleness.

  1. 1 pliant, flexible, easy to bend 2 lithe and agile when moving and bending 3 compliant; yielding to the will of others v

  2. 1 To make or become supple. 2 To make compliant, submissive, or obedient.


v. make pliant and flexible; "These boots are not yet suppled by frequent use"

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

  2. (used of e.g. personality traits) readily adaptable; "a supple mind"; "a limber imagination" [syn: limber]

  3. (used of persons' bodies) capable of moving or bending freely [syn: limber]


Supple is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:

  • John Supple, Canadian businessman
  • Shane Supple, Irish footballer
  • Tim Supple, English theatre director

Usage examples of "supple".

Covering him from the waist down, they had laid a pall of Haldane crimson worked with the royal arms, supple with silken embroidery and applique, spilling off the sides and end of the bier and over the shoulders of the knights at that end.

And certainly, pedestrians, hindered at each step by bushes, caught by creepers, barred by trunks of trees, did not shine beside those supple animals, who, bounding from branch to branch, were hindered by nothing on their course.

Once more showing his supple grace, Brok bent forward and kissed Tia, dragging her thoughts away from the ceremonial dagger.

Looking like meaty giraffes, they had long legs, supple necks, and hides like those of elephants.

Loose garments floated around her in multilayers of sapphire and yellow, with flamelike slashes of scarlet seenngly setting her afire as her supple body moved.

Atop the head, at the base of several long, supple spines, was a raised protrusion crowned with rows of scaleless flesh that occasionally fluttered as she exhaled.

The long pink tongue curled out and, rough as shagreen, rasped against the supple hide.

They both scrambled to their feet, but Sorren was young and supple and left her far behind as he raced through the dark tunnel toward daylight.

We constantly notice in his verse that dainty effect which the ear loves, and which comes from deft marshalling of consonants and vowels, so that they shall add their suppler and subtler reinforcement to the steady infantry tramp of rhythm.

Jack had not experienced anything like it since high school and his body had been suppler then.

There was no suppler boy in the parish than Darby, and well for him it was so, for the mad rush the cow gave would have caught any man the laste thrifle heavy on his legs, and ended his days right there.

Damascus steel, was the source of even finer weapons than had been possible before: lighter, suppler, stronger blades than This Side had ever seen.

In all the school, even among the older boys, there was none suppler, none so perfectly developed.

Townsend stirred in his warm bed and sat up quickly, rubbing sleep from his face with long, supple hands that continued back through dark, uncropped hair that was silvering at the temples.

At the top he paused, broad shouldered, narrow hipped and supple, looking at the large bed, like a white couch of state, with a profusion of snowy linen, amongst which the Padrona sat unpropped and bowed, her handsome, black-browed face bent over her chest.