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rangy

[reyn-jee] /ˈreɪn dʒi/
adjective, rangier, rangiest.
1.
(of animals or people) slender and long-limbed.
2.
given to or fitted for ranging or moving about, as animals.
Origin of rangy
1865-1870
First recorded in 1865-70; range + -y1
Related forms
ranginess, noun
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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

rangy

/ˈreɪndʒɪ/
adjective rangier, rangiest
1.
(of animals or people) having long slender limbs
2.
adapted to wandering or roaming
3.
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
adj.

"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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