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Lissome

ˈlisəm

Adjective

  • (Of a person or their body) Thin, supple, and graceful.
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Example Sentences

“The acrobats were three lissome siblings, known for their signature skill of hoisting themselves into a vertical tower.”

“Adorable, lissome otters frolicked both on the shore and in the water.”

“The ballet dancer showed lissome grace from an early age, and she was put into dance classes when she was only three.”

Word Origin

English, 19th century

Why this word?

In his poem “The Brook,” Alfred, Lord Tennyson, describes a young girl as “lissome,” an adjective reserved for graceful, dancer-like figures.

“O darling Katie Willows, his one child!

A maiden of our century, yet most meek;

A daughter of our meadows, yet not coarse;

Straight, but as lissome as a hazel wand;”

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