- (of plants) unduly long and slender: lank grass; lank, leafless trees.
- (of hair) straight and limp; without spring or curl.
- lean; gaunt; thin.
Origin of lank
Examples from the Web for lank
The trapper slapped his lank, leather-clad thigh in high approval.In the Valley
Perhaps the good Samaritan was lean and lank, and found it hard to live.Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit
Sim cowered in a corner of the box, with his lank fingers in his long hair.The Shadow of a Crime
The colonel looked at O'Malley's lank and bony frame and smiled.A Yankee Flier Over Berlin
George, who was big and lank, and truculent in appearance, nodded.The Greater Power
- long and limp
- thin or gaunt
- Southern African informal a lot; a great deal
Word Origin and History for lank
Old English hlanc "loose and empty, slender, flaccid," from Proto-Germanic *khlankaz, perhaps from a root meaning "flexible" (cf. German lenken "to bend, turn aside," Old Norse hlykkr "bend, noose, loop"), from PIE root *kleng- "to bend, turn" (see link (n.)). "Some examples may be long adj. with unvoicing of g" ["Middle English Dictionary"]