Definition of Supple

1. Verb. Make pliant and flexible. "These boots are not yet suppled by frequent use"

Generic synonyms: Alter, Change, Modify



2. Adjective. Moving and bending with ease.

3. Adjective. (used of e.g. personality traits) readily adaptable. "A limber imagination"
Exact synonyms: Limber
Similar to: Flexible
Derivative terms: Suppleness

4. Adjective. (used of persons' bodies) capable of moving or bending freely.
Exact synonyms: Limber
Similar to: Flexible, Flexile
Derivative terms: Suppleness

Definition of Supple

1. a. Pliant; flexible; easily bent; as, supple joints; supple fingers.

2. v. t. To make soft and pliant; to render flexible; as, to supple leather.

3. v. i. To become soft and pliant.

Definition of Supple

1. Adjective. pliant, easy to bend ¹

2. Adjective. lithe and agile when moving and bending ¹

3. Adjective. flexible and compliant ¹

4. Verb. To make or become supple. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Supple

1. pliant [v -PLED, -PLING, -PLES] - See also: pliant

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Supple

supperhour
suppering
supperless
suppers
suppertime
suppertimes
supping
supplant
supplantation
supplantations
supplanted
supplanter
supplanters
supplanting
supplants
supple (current term)
suppled
supplejack
supplejacks
supplely
supplement
supplementable
supplemental
supplemental restraint system
supplemental restraint systems
supplementals
supplementarily
supplementarity
supplementary
supplementary angles

Literary usage of Supple

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Journal by English Place-Name Society (1913)
"I leave and bequeath unto my dearly beloved wife Jane supple all my household goods, the shea and shea horses. Item, I leave and bequeath unto my servant ..."

2. A Dictionary of Archaic and Provincial Words, Obsolete Phrases, Proverbs by James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps (1850)
"Also, to soften, to render lithe or supple. (5) To thicken. Kennett, MS. ... (2) supple ; limber ; pliant. South. It is not (6) Obsequious ; humble. North. ..."

3. The Century Dictionary: An Encyclopedic Lexicon of the English Language by William Dwight Whitney (1891)
"The native supple-jack of Australia consists of varieties of the woody .... Call me not dear, Nor think with supple words to smooth the grossness Of my ..."

4. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1920)
"supple-JACK, the popular name given to various strong twining shrubs, for example, certain West Indian ... The supple-jacks of Australia are climbing, ..."

5. A Dictionary of Similes by Frank Jenners Wilstach (1916)
"supple as the neck of a swan. — IBID. supple as tobacco pouches. — BALZAC. ... supple as if they were on springs. — IBID. supple as the ..."

6. A Concise Etymological Dictionary of the English Language by Walter William Skeat (1901)
"It is the infin. mood used as a sb. — OF soper, to sup ( F. souper). — Low G. supen, Icel. supa, Swed. supa, to sup. See Sup. souple, supple, pliant. ..."

7. The British Essayists edited by Alexander Chalmers (1808)
"IK every party there are two sorts of men, the rigid and the supple. The rigid are an intractable race of mortals, who act upon principle ..."

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