[ reyn-jee ]
/ ˈreɪn dʒi /

adjective, rang·i·er, rang·i·est.

(of animals or people) slender and long-limbed.
given to or fitted for ranging or moving about, as animals.

Nearby words

  1. rangi,
  2. ranging pole,
  3. rangiora,
  4. rangoon,
  5. rangpur,
  6. rani,
  7. ranid,
  8. ranikhet disease,
  9. ranine,
  10. ranine artery

Origin of rangy

First recorded in 1865–70; range + -y1

Related formsrang·i·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for rangy


/ (ˈreɪndʒɪ) /

adjective rangier or rangiest

(of animals or people) having long slender limbs
adapted to wandering or roaming
allowing considerable freedom of movement; spacious; roomy
Derived Formsrangily, adverbranginess, noun

Word Origin for rangy

C19: from range + -y 1

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Word Origin and History for rangy



"having a long, slender form" (as an animal suited to ranging), 1845, from range (v.) + -y (2). Also "adapted for ranging" (1868). Of landscapes, "hilly," 1862, Australian English. Related: Ranginess.

As a rule, we hold that the Jersey should be "growthy," deep-flanked, and loose-jointed, and should have, generally, the characteristics which farmers know as "rangy." ["American Agriculturalist," November 1876]
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