[ gang-gling ]
/ ˈgæŋ glɪŋ /


awkwardly tall and spindly; lank and loosely built.
Also gangly.

Origin of gangling

1800–10; akin to obsolete gangrel gangling person; cf. gang1

Definition for gangling (2 of 2)


[ gang-guh l ]
/ ˈgæŋ gəl /

verb (used without object), gan·gled, gan·gling.

to move awkwardly or ungracefully: A tall, stiff-jointed man gangled past.

Origin of gangle

First recorded in 1965–70; back formation from gangling Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for gangling


gangly (ˈɡæŋɡlɪ)

/ (ˈɡæŋɡlɪŋ) /


tall, lanky, and awkward in movement

Word Origin for gangling

perhaps related to gangrel; see gang ²
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Word Origin and History for gangling



by 1812, a frequentative of gang in some sense involving looseness.

GANGLING. Tall, slender, delicate, generally applied to plants. Warw. [James O. Halliwell, "A Dictionary of Archaic and Provincial Words," 1846]
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