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adjective, rang·i·er, rang·i·est.
  1. (of animals or people) slender and long-limbed.
  2. given to or fitted for ranging or moving about, as animals.
  3. mountainous.
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Origin of rangy

First recorded in 1865–70; range + -y1
Related formsrang·i·ness, noun
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  • 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
  1. (of animals or people) having long slender limbs
  2. adapted to wandering or roaming
  3. allowing considerable freedom of movement; spacious; roomy
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Derived Formsrangily, adverbranginess, noun

Word Origin

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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