adjective, lanker, lankest.
(of plants) unduly long and slender: lank grass; lank, leafless trees.
(of hair) straight and limp; without spring or curl.
lean; gaunt; thin.

before 1000; Middle English lanc, Old English hlanc; akin to Old High German hlanca loin, side. Cf. flank

lankly, adverb
lankness, noun Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
lank1 (læŋk)
1.  long and limp
2.  thin or gaunt
[Old English hlanc loose]

lank2 (læŋk)
adj, —adv
informal (South African) a lot; a great deal
[perhaps from Afrikaans lank long]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. hlanc "loose and empty, slender, flaccid," from P.Gmc. *khlankaz, perhaps from a root meaning "flexible" (cf. Ger. lenken "to bend, turn aside").
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Example sentences
His hair too was shock-white and lank on his forehead.
In my poor, lean lank face nobody has ever seen that any cabbages were sprouting.
She has the same lank hair, the same baggy sweaters whose arms are too long.
Lank stated that he has no record of the last shed permit issued for a shed.
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