lanky

[ lang-kee ]
/ ˈlæŋ ki /

adjective, lank·i·er, lank·i·est.

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

Origin of lanky

First recorded in 1660–70; lank + -y1
Related formslank·i·ly, adverblank·i·ness, noun
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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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