What does supple mean?

Definitions for suppleˈsʌp əl

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word supple.

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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Supple

    sup′l, adj. pliant: lithe: yielding to the humour of others: fawning.—v.t. to make supple: to make soft or compliant.—v.i. to become supple.—n. Supp′leness.—adj. Supp′le-sin′ewed, having supple sinews: lithe.—Supple Jack (U.S.), one of various climbing-shrubs with strong stems: a pliant cane. [Fr. souple—L. supplex, bending the knees—sub, under, plicāre, to fold.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of supple in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of supple in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Robert Ford:

    This is a regime that is very supple politically. They’re very smart.

  2. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    Some people bear startling resemblance with lovely Lotus flowers that grow in the mud, and yet rise above the murkier waters as astoundingly beautiful flowers. The mud of adversities, challenges and obstacles doesn't stop their growth, but offers the nourishment and strength to rise above the dirt. I often think that it must be the strong desire, tenacity and perseverance of Lotus flower that makes her so unique in rising above and beyond the normal limitations. Lest we forget, not everything that grows in the mud turns into an elegant Lotus flower. In my view we must strive to develop the same mental strength, perseverance and passion within - so as to grow above the mud of compelling circumstances, hate, hardships, social rejections, and discriminations that we often encounter in the real world. Only then we'll be able to transform into eloquent Lotus flowers, gently opening our soft and supple petals one by one, to make our world most beautiful.

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