lanky

[ lang-kee ]
/ ˈlæŋ ki /

adjective, lank·i·er, lank·i·est.

ungracefully thin and rawboned; bony; gaunt: a very tall and lanky man.

Nearby words

  1. lanikai,
  2. lank,
  3. lankester,
  4. lankester, sir edwin ray,
  5. lankly,
  6. lanner,
  7. lanneret,
  8. lanny,
  9. lanolin,
  10. lanose

Origin of lanky

First recorded in 1660–70; lank + -y1

Related formslank·i·ly, adverblank·i·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for lanky

lanky

/ (ˈlæŋkɪ) /

adjective lankier or lankiest

tall, thin, and loose-jointed
Derived Formslankily, adverblankiness, noun

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Word Origin and History for lanky

lanky

adj.

1630s, "straight and flat," used of hair, from lank + -y (2); sense of "awkwardly tall and thin" is first recorded 1818. Related: Lankiness.

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