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adjective,lank·i·er, lank·i·est.
  1. ungracefully thin and rawboned; bony; gaunt: a very tall and lanky man.

Origin of lanky

First recorded in 1660–70; lank + -y1

Other words from lanky

  • lank·i·ly, adverb
  • lank·i·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use lanky in a sentence

  • As he came along toward the main entrance he saw Andrew Higgins, the longest, lankiest Phi of them all, bearing down upon him.

    Stanford Stories | Charles K. Field
  • Some of the competitors were poorly developed but the lankiest and skinniest were often excellent wrestlers.

    The Foundations of Japan | J.W. Robertson Scott

British Dictionary definitions for lanky


/ (ˈlæŋkɪ) /

adjectivelankier or lankiest
  1. tall, thin, and loose-jointed

Derived forms of lanky

  • lankily, adverb
  • lankiness, noun

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