[ lath-ee, lah-thee ]

adjective,lath·i·er, lath·i·est.
  1. lathlike; long and thin.

Origin of lathy

First recorded in 1665–75; lath + -y1

Words Nearby lathy Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use lathy in a sentence

  • He was a tall, spare man—what is termed long and lathy—but he was evidently a powerful man.

    Varney the Vampire | Thomas Preskett Prest
  • Lucy Black was lathy of construction, several years past her girlhood, and not an animated girl.

    Bulldog Carney | W. A. Fraser
  • His breast had grown broader, his figure more robust, his limbs less lathy.

    The Real Shelley, Vol. II (of 2) | John Cordy Jeaffreson
  • He grew thin and lathy; and, though his smile was as ready and as magnetic as ever, he seldom laughed.

    Scally | Ian Hay
  • lathy George pulled his reeling cayuse together, and pushed on.

    Bulldog Carney | W. A. Fraser

British Dictionary definitions for lathy


/ (ˈlɑːθɪ) /

adjectivelathier or lathiest
  1. resembling a lath, esp in being tall and thin

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