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From bight +‎ -some, or alteration of Middle English buhsum (obedient, flexible), from Old English *būhsum (bendable, flexible, pliant, obedient), equivalent to bow +‎ -some. Compare also Dutch buigzaam (flexible, pliant), German biegsam (flexible, pliant). See also buxom.


bightsome (comparative more bightsome, superlative most bightsome)

  1. (Britain dialectal) Having an air of ease combined with activity; easy; light; active.
    • 1958, David Daiches, The present age in British literature:
      Lively, louch, atweesh, atween, Auchimuty or aspate, Threidiri through the averins Or bightsome in the aftergait.