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sylphlike

[ silf ]SEE DEFINITION OF sylphlike
  • as inlean
  • as inlight
  • as inshapely
  • as inslender/slim
  • as insvelte
  • as inweightless

Synonyms for sylphlike

  • angular
  • gangly
  • gaunt
  • lanky
  • rangy
  • sinewy
  • skinny
  • slender
  • slim
  • sparse
  • svelte
  • wiry
  • anorexic
  • barren
  • emaciated
  • haggard
  • poor
  • scanty
  • shadow
  • spare
  • stick
  • stilt
  • wasted
  • worn
  • beanpole
  • bony
  • gangling
  • inadequate
  • infertile
  • lank
  • meager
  • no fat
  • pitiful
  • rawboned
  • scraggy
  • scrawny
  • stringy
  • twiggy
  • unfruitful
  • unproductive
  • wizened
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Antonyms for sylphlike

  • chubby
  • fat
  • heavy
  • plump
  • thick
  • fertile
  • fresh
  • strong
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR SYLPHLIKE

The young women have none of the sylphlike appearance of the Mandingoes or Soosoos.

For at this writing in those parts the slender, sylphlike string-bean is not playing a minor part, as with us.

Her vest and train of white satin did not conceal her sylphlike form and delicate feet.

I had red cheeks and was ashamed of them, and my stocky, square-shouldered figure was anything but sylphlike.

It is one of the commonest delusions among fat men that horseback riding will bring them down and make them sylphlike and willowy.

WORD ORIGIN

1650s, from Modern Latin sylphes (plural), coined 16c. by Paracelsus (1493-1541), originally referring to any race of spirits inhabiting the air, described as being mortal but lacking a soul. Paracelsus' word seems to be an arbitrary coinage, but perhaps it holds a suggestion of Latin sylva and Greek nymph. The meaning "slender, graceful girl" first recorded 1838, on the notion of "light, airy movements." Silphid (1670s) are the younger or smaller variety, from French sylphide (1670s).

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR SYLPHLIKE

lean

adjectivebare, thin
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