- (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 lanker
Dicky grew slighter and lanker, dark about the eyes, and weaker.A Child of the Jago
These birds are the size of a turkey-cock; but they are lanker and more angular in form.
They grew lanker and lanker every day, and we soon saw that they would not be able to stand it in the long run.The South Pole, Volumes 1 and 2
- long and limp
- thin or gaunt
- Southern African informal a lot; a great deal
Word Origin and History for lanker
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"]