Our regular steward was a spindling little critter with curls and eye-glasses who answered to the hail of "Percy."
If left too long they will soon crowd and become weak and spindling.
His head was big, his body small, his arms and legs were thin and spindling.
Nothing but a bedstead, with high, spindling posts, was there.
She might be described as pretty, but "peaky" and "spindling."
The neck was short, the shoulders thin and the legs and arms were spindling.
This is the very house where I came to get him when he was a spindling little thing, as thin as a rail.
But, as a rule, very high temperatures induce a spindling growth.
Stilty, scrubby little girls with spindling legs were scarcely what anyone would find alluring.
There was a day bed—a narrow and spindling affair for a woman of her height and comfortable plumpness.
Old English spinel, properly "an instrument for spinning," from stem of spinnan (see spin (v.)), with intrusive -d-. Related to Old Saxon spinnila, Old Frisian spindel, Old High German spinnila, German Spindel. As a type of something slender, it is attested from 1570s.
spindle spin·dle (spĭn'dl)
A fusiform structure, usually composed of microtubules.
A network of protein fibers that forms in the cytoplasm of a cell during cell division. The spindle grows forth from the centrosomes and attaches to the chromosomes after the latter have been duplicated, and the nuclear membrane dissolves. Once attached, the spindle fibers contract, pulling the duplicate chromosomes apart to opposite poles of the dividing cell. See more at meiosis, mitosis.