From Old English līþe, from Proto-Germanic *lenþ(i)a, from Proto-Indo-European *lento. Akin to Danish and German lind (“‘mild’”), Icelandic linr (“‘soft to the touch’”). Not attested in Gothic nor Old Norse. Some sources list also Latin lenis (“‘soft’”), others Latin lentus (“‘supple’”).
AdjectiveModificarLithe (comparative lither, superlative most Lithe)
- Mild; calm.
- lithe weather
- Capable of being easily bent; pliant; flexible; limber; as, the elephant's lithe proboscis.
- "...she danced with a kind of passionate fierceness, her lithe body undulating with flexuous grace..." — Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894)