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See also: Liss and LISS


Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English lis, lisse, lysse, from Old English liss, līs, līþs (grace, favor, love, kindness, mercy, joy, peace, rest, remission, forgiveness, alleviation, salvation), from Proto-Germanic *linþisjō (rest), from Proto-Indo-European *lent- (bendsome, resilient). Cognate with Danish lise (solace, relief), Swedish lisa (solace, relief). Related to Old English līþe (lithe, soft, gentle, meek, mild, serene, benign, gracious, pleasant, sweet). See lithe.


liss (uncountable)

  1. (obsolete) Relief; ease; abatement; cessation; release.
  2. (obsolete) Comfort; happiness.
  3. (obsolete, Britain dialectal) A respite from pain.

Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English lissen, lyssen, from Old English lissan (to subdue), from Old English liss. Cognate with Swedish lisa (to soften, weaken). See above.


liss (third-person singular simple present lisses, present participle lissing, simple past and past participle lissed)

  1. (obsolete, transitive) To ease; lighten; relieve; abate.
  2. (obsolete, Britain dialectal) To cease; stop.