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[lath-ee, lah-thee] /ˈlæθ i, ˈlɑ θi/
adjective, lathier, lathiest.
lathlike; long and thin.
Origin of lathy
First recorded in 1665-75; lath + -y1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Lean and lathy, he is, but not hungry-looking; quick of eye and gesture; quick of step, too.

    The Book of Khalid Ameen Rihani
  • lathy George pulled his reeling cayuse together, and pushed on.

    Bulldog Carney W. A. Fraser
  • But at length, with a sudden bound upward, the fisher fell with his whole weight upon the back of his lathy antagonist.

  • Phineas was tall and lathy, red-haired, with an expression of great acuteness and shrewdness in his face.

    Uncle Tom's Cabin Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • At this time a tall, lathy gentleman came in, wearing a most original cut coatee.

    Tom Cringle's Log Michael Scott
  • The elder daughter was, I will not say a lathy girl, but very slim not only in the waist, but above and below it.

  • He was a tall, spare man—what is termed long and lathy—but he was evidently a powerful man.

    Varney the Vampire Thomas Preskett Prest
  • He grew thin and lathy; and, though his smile was as ready and as magnetic as ever, he seldom laughed.


    Ian Hay
  • Lucy Black was lathy of construction, several years past her girlhood, and not an animated girl.

    Bulldog Carney W. A. Fraser
British Dictionary definitions for lathy


adjective lathier, lathiest
resembling a lath, esp in being tall and thin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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