Definitions for suppleˈsʌp əl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

sup•pleˈsʌp əl(adj.)-pler, -plest

  1. (adj.)bending readily without breaking, splitting, etc.; pliant; flexible.

  2. characterized by ease in bending; limber; lithe:

    supple movements.

  3. characterized by mental responsiveness and adaptability.

  4. compliant or yielding.

  5. obsequious; servile.

  6. (v.i.)to make or become supple.

Origin of supple:

1250–1300; < OF < L supplex submissive, suppliant =sup-sup - +-plic-, perh. the base of plicāre to fold1


Princeton's WordNet

  1. lissome, lissom, lithe, lithesome, slender, supple, svelte, sylphlike(adj)

    moving and bending with ease

  2. limber, supple(adj)

    (used of e.g. personality traits) readily adaptable

    "a supple mind"; "a limber imagination"

  3. limber, supple(verb)

    (used of persons' bodies) capable of moving or bending freely

  4. supple(verb)

    make pliant and flexible

    "These boots are not yet suppled by frequent use"


  1. supple(Verb)

    To make or become supple.

  2. supple(Adjective)

    pliant, easy to bend

  3. supple(Adjective)

    lithe and agile when moving and bending

  4. supple(Adjective)

    flexible and compliant

  5. Origin: From souple, from souple, soupple, from supplex, supplex, of uncertain formation. Either from sub + plico (compare complex), or from sub + placo. More at sub-, placate.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Supple(adj)

    pliant; flexible; easily bent; as, supple joints; supple fingers

  2. Supple(adj)

    yielding compliant; not obstinate; submissive to guidance; as, a supple horse

  3. Supple(adj)

    bending to the humor of others; flattering; fawning; obsequious

  4. Supple(verb)

    to make soft and pliant; to render flexible; as, to supple leather

  5. Supple(verb)

    to make compliant, submissive, or obedient

  6. Supple(verb)

    to become soft and pliant

Translations for supple

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(of the body etc) bending easily

Take exercise if you want to keep supple; supple dancers.

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