what is difference between gracile and willowy
Borrowed from Middle French gracil, gracile (“slender, thin”) (modern French gracile (“gracile”)), or directly from its etymon Latin gracilis (“slender, slim, thin; lean, meagre, scanty; simple, unadorned”), ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *kerḱ- (“to become thin; to wane”). Sense 2 (“graceful or gracefully slender”) was apparently influenced by the non-cognate word grace. The English word is cognate with Italian gracile (“delicate, frail; slender, thin”), Portuguese grácil, Spanish grácil (“graceful; delicate; slender”).
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈɡɹæsaɪl/, /-sɪl/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈɡɹæˌsaɪl/, /ˈɡɹæsəl/, /ˈɡɹeɪˌsaɪl/
- Hyphenation: grac‧ile
gracile (comparative more gracile, superlative most gracile)
- (also figuratively) Lean, slender, thin.
- Synonyms: (rare) gracilent, lithe, svelte, willowy; see also Thesaurus:slender
- (anthropology, specifically) Of a hominid: having a slender body frame.
- Antonym: robust
- Graceful or gracefully slender.
- Synonyms: catlike, elegant
- gracility on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
- Cargile, glacier
Borrowed from Latin gracilis. Doublet of grêle.
- IPA(key): /ɡʁa.sil/
gracile (plural graciles)
- “gracile” in Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).
From Latin gracilis.
- IPA(key): /ˈɡra.t͡ʃi.le/
- Rhymes: -atʃile
gracile (plural gracili)
- delicate, frail, weakly
- slender, thin
- gracile in Treccani.it – Vocabolario Treccani on line, Istituto dell’Enciclopedia Italiana
- grecali, legarci
- nominative neuter singular of gracilis
- accusative neuter singular of gracilis
- vocative neuter singular of gracilis
willow + -y
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈwɪləʊi/
- (US) IPA(key): /ˈwɪloʊi/
willowy (comparative willowier, superlative willowiest)
- Resembling a willow.
- (of a person) Tall, slender and graceful.
- (of a place) Having willow trees.
- (resembling a willow): willowish, willowlike
- (of a person): lithe, slim, svelte; see also Thesaurus:slender
- (of a place): willowed