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[reyn-jee] /ˈreɪn dʒi/
adjective, rangier, rangiest.
(of animals or people) slender and long-limbed.
given to or fitted for ranging or moving about, as animals.
Origin of rangy
First recorded in 1865-70; range + -y1
Related forms
ranginess, noun Unabridged
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  • Then he turned to a lean rider who bestrode a tall, rangy horse.

    'Drag' Harlan

    Charles Alden Seltzer
  • Smuts is essentially an out-of-doors person and his body is wiry and rangy.

    An African Adventure Isaac F. Marcosson
  • In all there were fourteen of these cats—swift and rangy performers, all of them.

    The Abandoned Farmers Irvin S. Cobb
  • A man was coming down from the north, lickety-split on a roan with a rangy stride.

    Curly Roger Pocock
  • That fat part was something of a joke, for she would always be lean and rangy.

    The Right Time Walter Bupp
  • Larry, a rangy, hawk-faced youngster, eyed his brother insolently.

    The Land of Strong Men Arthur M. Chisholm
  • Six were huskies, rangy, muscular animals with thick, dense coats.

    The Yukon Trail

    William MacLeod Raine
  • He was a powerful, rangy bay, and not winded by his run and his swim.

    The Militants Mary Raymond Shipman Andrews
British Dictionary definitions for rangy


adjective rangier, rangiest
(of animals or people) having long slender limbs
adapted to wandering or roaming
allowing considerable freedom of movement; spacious; roomy
Derived Forms
rangily, adverb
ranginess, noun
Word Origin
C19: from range + -y1
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Word Origin and History for rangy

"having a long, slender form" (as an animal suited to ranging), 1845, from range (v.) + -y (2). Also "adapted for ranging" (1868). Of landscapes, "hilly," 1862, Australian English. Related: Ranginess.

As a rule, we hold that the Jersey should be "growthy," deep-flanked, and loose-jointed, and should have, generally, the characteristics which farmers know as "rangy." ["American Agriculturalist," November 1876]

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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