What does supple mean?

Definitions for supple
ˈsʌp əlsup·ple

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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. lissome, lissom, lithe, lithesome, slender, supple, svelte, sylphlikeadjective

    moving and bending with ease

  2. limber, suppleadjective

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

    "a supple mind"; "a limber imagination"

  3. limber, suppleverb

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

  4. suppleverb

    make pliant and flexible

    "These boots are not yet suppled by frequent use"

Wiktionary

  1. suppleverb

    To make or become supple.

    Etymology: 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.

  2. suppleadjective

    pliant, easy to bend

    Etymology: 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.

  3. suppleadjective

    lithe and agile when moving and bending

    Etymology: 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.

  4. suppleadjective

    flexible and compliant

    Etymology: 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. Suppleadjective

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

  2. Suppleadjective

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

  3. Suppleadjective

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

  4. Suppleverb

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

  5. Suppleverb

    to make compliant, submissive, or obedient

  6. Suppleverb

    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.]

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Numerology

  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

Examples of supple in a Sentence

  1. Frank Straus Meyer:

    The ideal type of the Communist is a man in whom all individual, emotional, and unconscious elements have been reduced to a minimum and subjected to the control of an iron will, informed by a supple intellect. That intellect is totally at the service of a single and compelling idea, made incarnate in the Communist Party: the concept of History as an inexorable god whose ways are revealed ‘scientifically’ through the doctrine and method of Marxism-Leninism.

  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.

  3. Robert Ford:

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

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