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1Bordered, shaded, or covered by willows:‘willowy meadow land’
- ‘Then we descended through open willowy meadows with beautiful views of the mountains, following a stream.’
- ‘Breathe wisteria, lavender, lobelia as you wander willowy riverbanks.’
2(of a person) tall, slim, and lithe:‘a beautiful willowy blonde’
tall, slim, slender, lean, svelte, lissom, sylphlike, snake-hipped, rangy, long-limbed, clean-limbed, graceful, lithe, loose-limbedslinkygracile, attenuateView synonyms
- ‘As an aside, just because the Ethiopian beauty depicted on the cover was a famine victim does not make her any less graceful, willowy or beautiful.’
- ‘Go for an outfit loosely inspired by the 1920s, drop-waisted, flapper look, which suits willowy, skinny types like you.’
- ‘I'd arrived there with two willowy 14-year-olds, all bare midriffs and attitude, feeling that along with the luggage I had probably also packed a whole load of trouble.’
- ‘But age only added dignity and grace to her still slim and willowy figure.’
- ‘Across the room a willowy woman in a svelte black dress aimed carelessly at a pool ball and knocked five solids home with one shot as Carson watched, amazed.’
- ‘His precise features were hidden beneath the caliginous atmosphere of the night, but I could see by the distant lights that he was a tall, willowy figure with light muscles.’
- ‘‘Perhaps I will have that ciggy,’ she says, trying to come on all Parisian, as her willowy character learns that Charlie, her husband of three months, is dead and she is the prime suspect.’
- ‘I spoke to a willowy girl from Adelphi University visiting the show one day for her anthropology course.’
- ‘She was willowy and graceful, with a sharp face.’
- ‘A willowy soldier leaned against a tree near where he stood, whittling a piece of wood.’
- ‘She was a willowy, graceful girl, around my age.’
- ‘Certainly, school bags are heavy these days and I often feel a pang when I see my willowy 12-year-old daughter shouldering her heavy bag as she trudges off to school.’
- ‘One dancer slings his willowy partner over his back, mistimes the weight shift and staggers like a powerlifter pressing a half-ton barbell.’
- ‘She was thin and willowy and beautiful, and she was neither young nor old.’
- ‘A willowy, friendly young woman settled me down on a sofa with the menu, home-made crisps expertly flavoured with sea salt and spring onions, good olives and spicy little mushroom won tons.’
- ‘She was thin and willowy, two unfair words to describe what she was, and was wearing an almost-black fur coat, almost long, almost handsome.’
- ‘He was only fifteen, and had a willowy and slightly feminine frame.’
- ‘The fair, willowy girl had stars in her eyes when at the age of twenty, she was married to the tall and handsome young man with a four-figure salary.’
- ‘Gone is the willowy beauty, and in her place is a thin, pinched, dowdy lady, an eccentric Victorian who wears ugly hats.’
- ‘Her tall, willowy figure with its slight hour-glass shape was the envy of all women who had seen her.’
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