supple

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(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
adj. limber, lithe, pliant, flexible; yielding, compliant, adaptable; fawning, servile. See softness.Ant., inflexible, rigid, stiff.
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(Roget's IV) modif.
Syn. flexible, yielding, pliant, agile; see flexible 1 , rubber .
See Synonym Study at flexible .
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(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) a.
1. flexible bendable, pliable, pliant, resilient, malleable, elastic, plastic, springy, rubbery.
2. limber lithe, loose, lissom, agile, nimble, willowy.
3. compliant yielding, nonresisting, passive, complaisant, acquiescent, easy.
4. adaptable adjustable, flexible, resilient, elastic.
ANT.: 1. inflexible, hard, rigid, stiff. 2. tight, stiff, out of shape. 3. resistant, rebellious, unyielding. 4. rigid, unchangeable, inflexible
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(Roget's Thesaurus II) adjective 1. Capable of being shaped, bent, or drawn out, as by hammering or pressure: ductile, flexible, flexile, flexuous, malleable, moldable, plastic, pliable, pliant, workable. See FLEXIBLE. 2. Capable of withstanding stress without injury: elastic, flexible, flexile, resilient, springy. Physics: plastic. See FLEXIBLE. 3. Easily altered or influenced: ductile, elastic, flexible, flexile, impressionable, malleable, plastic, pliable, pliant, suggestible. See FLEXIBLE. 4. Capable of adapting or being adapted: adaptable, adaptive, adjustable, elastic, flexible, malleable, pliable, pliant. See CHANGE. 5. Willing to carry out the wishes of others: amenable, biddable, compliant, conformable, docile, obedient, submissive, tractable. See RESIST.

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  • 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… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 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

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

  • 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.… …   English World dictionary

  • 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

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

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

  • 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

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

  • 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;… …   New thesaurus

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

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