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[spind-lee] /ˈspɪnd li/
adjective, spindlier, spindliest.
long or tall, thin, and usually frail:
The colt wobbled on its spindly legs.
Origin of spindly
First recorded in 1645-55; spindle + -y1 Unabridged
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  • Not spindly, like most Martians, this fellow, for all his seven feet in height was almost heavy set.

    Brigands of the Moon Ray Cummings
  • Did you notice what prodigiously long fingers he had, and what spindly legs?

    White Fire Roy J. Snell
  • The distended head, ghastly of face with its green glowing eyes, wobbled upon a long, spindly neck.

    Wandl the Invader Raymond King Cummings
  • When he threw open his long, spindly arms and screeched a loud, "Ahh!"

    The Telenizer Don Thompson
  • The weaker, spindly trees of the forest, which are slow growers, often are smothered out by the more vigorous trees.

    The School Book of Forestry Charles Lathrop Pack
British Dictionary definitions for spindly


adjective -dlier, -dliest
tall, slender, and frail; attenuated
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for spindly

1650s, from spindle + -y (2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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