gracile vs willowy what difference

what is difference between gracile and willowy

English

Etymology

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).

Pronunciation

  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈɡɹæsaɪl/, /-sɪl/
  • (General American) IPA(key): /ˈɡɹæˌsaɪl/, /ˈɡɹæsəl/, /ˈɡɹeɪˌsaɪl/
  • Hyphenation: grac‧ile

Adjective

gracile (comparative more gracile, superlative most gracile)

  1. (also figuratively) Lean, slender, thin.
    Synonyms: (rare) gracilent, lithe, svelte, willowy; see also Thesaurus:slender
    1. (anthropology, specifically) Of a hominid: having a slender body frame.
      Antonym: robust
  2. Graceful or gracefully slender.
    Synonyms: catlike, elegant

Derived terms

  • gracility
  • gracilize

Related terms

  • gracilent
  • gracilis

Translations

References

Further reading

  • gracility on Wikipedia.Wikipedia

Anagrams

  • Cargile, glacier

French

Etymology

Borrowed from Latin gracilis. Doublet of grêle.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ɡʁa.sil/

Adjective

gracile (plural graciles)

  1. gracile

Derived terms

  • gracilement

Further reading

  • “gracile” in Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).

Italian

Etymology

From Latin gracilis.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈɡra.t͡ʃi.le/
  • Rhymes: -atʃile

Adjective

gracile (plural gracili)

  1. delicate, frail, weakly
  2. slender, thin

Derived terms

  • gracilmente

Related terms

  • gracilità

Further reading

  • gracile in Treccani.it – Vocabolario Treccani on line, Istituto dell’Enciclopedia Italiana

Anagrams

  • grecali, legarci

Latin

Adjective

gracile

  1. nominative neuter singular of gracilis
  2. accusative neuter singular of gracilis
  3. vocative neuter singular of gracilis


English

Etymology

willow +‎ -y

Pronunciation

  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈwɪləʊi/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈwɪloʊi/

Adjective

willowy (comparative willowier, superlative willowiest)

  1. Resembling a willow.
  2. (of a person) Tall, slender and graceful.
  3. (of a place) Having willow trees.

Synonyms

  • (resembling a willow): willowish, willowlike
  • (of a person): lithe, slim, svelte; see also Thesaurus:slender
  • (of a place): willowed

Translations


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