ungracefully thin and rawboned; bony; gaunt: a very tall and lanky man.
- lank·i·ly, adverb
- lank·i·ness, noun
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How to use lanky in a sentence
Glen’s long arms and legs qualify as lanky, but his accomplishments, confidence, and clarity give him a muscular air of leadership.In the World of Ultralight Hiking, Everything Weighs Something | jversteegh | July 14, 2021 | Outside Online
The former Iowa State Cyclone and Chicago standout is 6-foot-4 and has lanky arms that lead to an impressive 7-foot-1 wingspan, making him a steal and deflection threat on defense and helping him to score quickly off the bench.
Terrell was talented, already tall and lanky as a 10-year-old.There’s a reason Maryland’s Darryl Morsell is so tough. It starts with the death of his brother. | Emily Giambalvo | March 18, 2021 | Washington Post
The lanky young man approached Mary saying he wanted to dance with her “in the worst way.”Not all presidents’ dance skills are created equal | Bonnie Berkowitz, Joanne Lee | January 21, 2021 | Washington Post
When you are 6-foot-4 and describe yourself as “lanky as hell,” a Zoom date might not be a bad way to meet someone for the first time.Date Lab: Mariah Carey. Alligators. Urology. Is this any way to start a romance? | Damona Hoffman | January 21, 2021 | Washington Post
Letterman is a senior-citizen-aged lanky Midwesterner who is clever but never too edgy with his guests.
The lanky, scandal-scarred former Congressman and purveyor of the now colloquial sext, has lived and died by the tweet.Anthony Weiner, Disgraced Over Sexting Scandal, Still Tweeting | Gideon Resnick | February 19, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The Clintons were taking a gamble by embracing the lanky onetime long shot who now stepped up to take the oath.
The heads are the only large aspects of these characters; no one appears tall or lanky.Smoked Fish Surrealism: Ben Katchor’s Comics of NYC Neurotics | Jacob Siegel | March 16, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Yet it is no exaggeration to say this lanky Texan with prodigious talent fired a huge salvo in the thawing of the Cold War.Condoleezza Rice Celebrates the Life of Pianist Van Cliburn | Condoleezza Rice | March 1, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Even Tim, so fine and big, had in this homely, lanky man a rival well worth watching.The Soldier of the Valley | Nelson Lloyd
My lean and lanky form filled out, and I became familiar with the greeting of my friends: “Why, how well you look!”Fifty Years of Railway Life in England, Scotland and Ireland | Joseph Tatlow
Weston I had always known as a lanky man, but about his loosely fitting garments there had been an air of careless distinction.The Soldier of the Valley | Nelson Lloyd
The officer in charge assigns me to a machine occupied by a lanky prisoner in stripes.Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist | Alexander Berkman
I was one of those long, lanky, loose-jointed girls Who fool people into believing They are willowy and psychic and mysterious.The Book of Humorous Verse | Various
British Dictionary definitions for lanky
tall, thin, and loose-jointed
- lankily, adverb
- lankiness, noun
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