Part of speech: adjective
Origin: English, 19th century
(Of a person or their body) thin, supple, and graceful.
Examples of Lissome in a sentence
"The acrobats were three lissome siblings capable of hoisting themselves up into a vertical tower."
"Adorable lissome otters frolicked both on the shore and in the water."
Popularity Over Time
“Lissome” is a variant of the English word “lithesome,” from the Middle English “lithe,” meaning “to go.”
Did you Know?
“Lissome” is based entirely on its root word “lithe,” which simultaneously evokes slenderness and flexibility. As a result, “lissome” is frequently used to describe athletes whose training leaves them both slim and limber. Gymnasts, ballet dancers, fencers, and martial artists are often lissome — but this doesn’t apply to all athletes. Offensive linemen in football are talented and powerful, but aren’t known for their flexibility or slimness; marathon runners may be slim and fast, but are not known for being flexible. Yoga practitioners, on the other hand, are routinely lissome due to yoga’s focus on expanding flexibility.