supple

  • 1 supple — 1 flexible, resilient, *elastic, springy Analogous words: pliable, pliant, *plastic: *soft, gentle, mild Antonyms: stiff 2 Supple, limber, lithe, lithesome, lissome can all apply to bodily movements and mean showing freedom and ease in bending… …

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  • 2 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. [1913 Webster] 2. Yielding compliant; not obstinate;… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 Supple — may refer to: *Flexibility, Supplenessas a surname: * John Supple, Canadian businessman * Shane Supple, Irish footballer * Tim Supple, English theatre director …

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  • 4 supple — [sup′əl] adj. suppler, supplest [ME souple < OFr < L supplex, humble, submissive, akin to supplicare: see SUPPLICATE] 1. easily bent or twisted; flexible; pliant 2. able to bend and move easily and nimbly; lithe; limber [a supple body] 3.… …

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  • 5 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. [1913 Webster] The flesh therewith she suppled and did steep. Spenser. [1913 Webster] 2. To make compliant …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 6 Supple — Sup ple, v. i. To become soft and pliant. [1913 Webster] The stones . . . Suppled into softness as they fell. Dryden. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 7 supple — index flexible, malleable, obedient, passive, pliable, pliant, servile, yielding Burton s Legal Thesaurus …

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  • 8 supple — c.1300, from O.Fr. souple pliant, flexible, from Gallo Romance *supples, from L. supplex (gen. supplicis) submissive, humbly begging, lit. bending, kneeling down, thought to be an altered form of *supplacos humbly pleading, appeasing, from sub… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 9 supple — has the adverbial form supply (two syllables) rather than supplely (three syllables) …

    Modern English usage

  • 10 supple — [adj] bendable adaptable, agile, bending, ductile, elastic, flexible, graceful, limber, lissome, lithe, lithesome, malleable, moldable, plastic, pliable, pliant, resilient, rubber, springy, stretch, stretchy, svelte, willowy, wiry, yielding;… …

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  • 11 supple — ► ADJECTIVE (suppler, supplest) ▪ flexible or pliant. DERIVATIVES suppleness noun. ORIGIN Latin supplex submissive …

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  • 12 supple — [[t]sʌ̱p(ə)l[/t]] suppler, supplest 1) ADJ GRADED A supple object or material bends or changes shape easily without cracking or breaking. The leather is supple and sturdy enough to last for years... Traditional cheesemaking skills give our brie… …

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  • 13 supple — adj. VERBS ▪ be, feel, look ▪ The cream leaves your skin feeling soft and supple. ▪ become, get ▪ He was gradually getting more supple …

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  • 14 supple — I. adjective (suppler; supplest) Etymology: Middle English souple, from Anglo French suple, from Latin supplic , supplex entreating for mercy, supplicant, perhaps from sub + plic (akin to plicare to fold) more at ply Date: 14th century 1. a.… …

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  • 15 Supple — Recorded as Chapel, Chappell, Chapple, Capewell (English), Capelle, Chappelle, de la Chappelle, Chappel (French), Supple (Irish), and possibly others, this is a surname of medieval French origins. In troduced into England after the famous… …

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  • 16 supple — UK [ˈsʌp(ə)l] / US adjective Word forms supple : adjective supple comparative suppler superlative supplest a) able to move and bend your body very easily and in a graceful way Do some stretching exercises to keep yourself supple. b) a supple… …

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  • 17 supple — /ˈsʌpəl / (say supuhl) adjective (suppler, supplest) 1. bending readily without breaking or deformation; pliant; flexible: a supple rod. 2. characterised by ease in bending; limber; lithe: supple movements. 3. characterised by ease and… …

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  • 18 supple — suppleness, n. /sup euhl/, adj., suppler, supplest, v., suppled, suppling. adj. 1. bending readily without breaking or becoming deformed; pliant; flexible: a supple bough. 2. characterized by ease in bending; limber; lithe: supple movements. 3.… …

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  • 19 supple — sup|ple [ˈsʌpəl] adj [Date: 1200 1300; : Old French; Origin: souple, from Latin supplex bending under, willing to obey ] 1.) someone who is supple bends and moves easily and gracefully ≠ ↑stiff ▪ She exercises every day to keep herself supple.… …

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  • 20 supple — adjective 1 someone who is supple bends and moves easily and gracefully: She exercises every day to keep herself supple. 2 leather, skin, wood etc that is supple is soft and bends easily suppleness noun (U) …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English