gangling

[ gang-gling ]
/ ˈgæŋ glɪŋ /

adjective

awkwardly tall and spindly; lank and loosely built.

Nearby words

  1. gangliated,
  2. gangliated nerve,
  3. gangliectomy,
  4. gangliform,
  5. gangliitis,
  6. ganglioblast,
  7. gangliocyte,
  8. gangliocytoma,
  9. ganglioglioma,
  10. gangliolysis

Also gangly.

Origin of gangling

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

gangle

[ 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

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British Dictionary definitions for gangling

gangling

gangly (ˈɡæŋɡlɪ)

/ (ˈɡæŋɡlɪŋ) /

adjective

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

gangling

adj.

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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