supple

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English souple, from Old French souple, soupple (soft, lithe, yielding), from Latin supplic-, supplex (suppliant, submissive, kneeling), of uncertain formation. Either from sub + plicō (bend) (compare complex), or from sub + plācō (placate). More at sub-, placate.

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Adjective[edit]

supple (comparative suppler, superlative supplest)

  1. pliant, flexible, easy to bend
  2. lithe and agile when moving and bending
    supple joints; supple fingers
  3. compliant; yielding to the will of others
    a supple horse

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Verb[edit]

supple (third-person singular simple present supples, present participle suppling, simple past and past participle suppled)

  1. (transitive, intransitive) To make or become supple.
  2. (transitive) To make compliant, submissive, or obedient.

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Latin[edit]

Verb[edit]

supplē

  1. second-person singular present active imperative of suppleō