SVELTE (Word of the Day)
The beauty of a cheetah streaking across looking so slim
How svelte its body stretched out from limb to limb
In our daily rounds of activity
We see too many weighted down by obesity
A bit of daily exercise could help us wear shorter belts
And eventually even know the feeling of svelte
When I think about the word svelte
My one difficulty is to remember how it's spelt
All cheetahs keep themselves slender or slim
Our lives never need to appear grim
- March 11, 2013
Svelte /svɛlt, sfɛlt/ adjective, svelt·er, svelt·est.
1. slender, especially gracefully slender in figure; lithe.
2. suave; blandly urbane.
1810–20; < French < Italian svelto < Vulgar Latin *exvellitus pulled out (replacing Latin ēvulsus, past participle of ēvellere ), equivalent to Latin ex- ex- + velli-, variant stem of vellere to pull, pluck + -tus past participle suffix
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