svelte

[ svelt ]

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Part of Speech

adjective

Origin + Etymology

19th Century; French

from Italian svelto, French svellere ‘to pull out’, Latin ēvellere

Synonyms

  • graceful
  • lithe
  • slender

Antonyms

  • thick
  • chubby

Definition

slim; slender in figure or lithe

Example

A) Her svelte figure moved gracefully during yoga class. B) He has always been more svelte than the rest of his family.

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