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Thursday word: lissome

lissome or lissom (LIS-uhm) - adj., quick and graceful in movement, lithe, supple, agile.


To call it a synonym for lithe is a little misleading, since originally it's an altered form of lithesome, which is lithe plus an adjectival ending -some, meaning "characterized by being X" -- so not synonym but another form. Lithesome is, however, a little hard to say, so I can see how it got altered in the 1760s to something a more graceful and, well, supple on the tongue. Lithe itself goes back to Old English līþe, gentle/mild.

The lissome actress carried herself like a dancer.

---L.
Tags: adjective, l, old english
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