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[gang-gling] /ˈgæŋ glɪŋ/
awkwardly tall and spindly; lank and loosely built.
Also, gangly.
Origin of gangling
1800-10; akin to obsolete gangrel gangling person; cf. gang1


[gang-guh l] /ˈgæŋ gəl/
verb (used without object), gangled, gangling.
to move awkwardly or ungracefully:
A tall, stiff-jointed man gangled past.
First recorded in 1965-70; back formation from gangling Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for gangling
Historical Examples
  • Four years there did the work for the gangling, silent mountaineer.

    The Escape of Mr. Trimm Irvin S. Cobb
  • It was the first joke the gangling innovator had perpetrated.

    The Brown Mouse Herbert Quick
  • The rest were children, from gangling adolescents to one mere infant in arms.

    Nightmare Planet Murray Leinster
  • Look a that gangling country jay, he muttered in Osgoods ear.

  • Long, lean and hollow cheeked, the term "gangling" fits him better than any other.

  • The horse wheeled, stepping as clumsily as a gangling yearling.

    The Garden of Eden

    Max Brand
  • Long, gangling boy to start with, and a lean, stoop-shouldered man.

    A Modern Instance William Dean Howells
  • He was then a tall, "gangling" youth, six feet one in height, with yellow hair and blue eyes.

    The Story of the Outlaw Emerson Hough
  • The gangling Texan was testing his rudder controls and flipping his ailerons with jerky movements of evident impatience.

    Aces Up Covington Clarke
  • Come here, Rufie, said Billson, beckoning to the gangling youth.

British Dictionary definitions for gangling


tall, lanky, and awkward in movement
Word Origin
perhaps related to gangrel; see gang²
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for gangling

by 1812, a frequentative of gang in some sense involving looseness.

GANGLING. Tall, slender, delicate, generally applied to plants. Warw. [James O. Halliwell, "A Dictionary of Archaic and Provincial Words," 1846]

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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