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.

Origin of rangy

First recorded in 1865–70; range + -y1
Related formsrang·i·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for rangy

Contemporary Examples of rangy

  • A 30-yard free kick resulted and the rangy Brazilian, his hair a beehive of curls, cannoned the ball into the Colombian net.

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    Brazil and Colombia Bring the Ugly Game

    Tunku Varadarajan

    July 4, 2014

  • When we were in high school, Bruno was this rangy farm boy and I was certainly not going to have anything to do with that!

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    Amy Dickinson Goes Home Again

    Sara Nelson

    February 17, 2009

Historical Examples of rangy

  • Then he turned to a lean rider who bestrode a tall, rangy horse.

    'Drag' Harlan

    Charles Alden Seltzer

  • Smuts is essentially an out-of-doors person and his body is wiry and rangy.

    An African Adventure

    Isaac F. Marcosson

  • In all there were fourteen of these cats—swift and rangy performers, all of them.

  • A man was coming down from the north, lickety-split on a roan with a rangy stride.


    Roger Pocock

  • That fat part was something of a joke, for she would always be lean and rangy.

    The Right Time

    Walter Bupp

British Dictionary definitions for rangy


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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