[lath-ee, lah-thee]

adjective, lath·i·er, lath·i·est.

lathlike; long and thin.

Origin of lathy

First recorded in 1665–75; lath + -y1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for lathy

Historical Examples of lathy

  • Lean and lathy, he is, but not hungry-looking; quick of eye and gesture; quick of step, too.

    The Book of Khalid

    Ameen Rihani

  • Lathy George pulled his reeling cayuse together, and pushed on.

    Bulldog Carney

    W. A. Fraser

  • But at length, with a sudden bound upward, the fisher fell with his whole weight upon the back of his lathy antagonist.

  • Phineas was tall and lathy, red-haired, with an expression of great acuteness and shrewdness in his face.

    Uncle Tom's Cabin

    Harriet Beecher Stowe

  • At this time a tall, lathy gentleman came in, wearing a most original cut coatee.

    Tom Cringle's Log

    Michael Scott

British Dictionary definitions for lathy


adjective lathier or lathiest

resembling a lath, esp in being tall and thin
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