adjective, lank·i·er, lank·i·est.
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OTHER WORDS FROM lankylank·i·ly, adverblank·i·ness, noun
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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
He put on a soft wool cap and an old coat, seeking to camouflage his lanky 6-foot-4 frame.Lincoln’s first inauguration met with threats of kidnapping, killing and militias|Michael Ruane|January 15, 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|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|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|DAILY BEAST
Even Tim, so fine and big, had in this homely, lanky man a rival well worth watching.
My lean and lanky form filled out, and I became familiar with the greeting of my friends: “Why, how well you look!”
Weston I had always known as a lanky man, but about his loosely fitting garments there had been an air of careless distinction.
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