spindly

[ spind-lee ]
/ ˈspɪnd li /

adjective, spin·dli·er, spin·dli·est.

long or tall, thin, and usually frail: The colt wobbled on its spindly legs.

Origin of spindly

First recorded in 1645–55; spindle + -y1
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British Dictionary definitions for spindly

spindly

/ (ˈspɪndlɪ) /

adjective -dlier or -dliest

tall, slender, and frail; attenuated
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Word Origin and History for spindly

spindly


adj.

1650s, from spindle + -y (2).

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