Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English homepage

Date: 1200-1300
Language: Old French
Origin: souple, from Latin supplex 'bending under, willing to obey'

supple

adjective
     
sup‧ple
1 someone who is supple bends and moves easily and gracefully [≠ stiff]:
She exercises every day to keep herself supple.
2 leather, skin, wood etc that is supple is soft and bends easily
suppleness noun [uncountable]

Dictionary pictures of the day
Do you know what each of these is called?
What is the word for picture 1? What is the word for picture 2? What is the word for picture 3? What is the word for picture 4?
Click on any of the pictures above to find out what it is called.

Explore our topic dictionary