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adjective, gan·gli·er, gan·gli·est.
  1. gangling.
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Origin of gangly

An Americanism dating back to 1870–75
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Related Words for gangly

gawky, lanky, awkward, spindly, bony, rangy, tall, skinny, leggy, lumbering, spindling, thin, long-legged

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Historical Examples of gangly

  • The professor was probably 40, but looked hardly older than Jim, and was built along the same tall and gangly lines.

    All That Goes Up

    Kirby Brooks

Word Origin and History for gangly


1872, American English alteration of gangling.

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