gangling

[gang-gling]
adjective
awkwardly tall and spindly; lank and loosely built.
Also, gangly.


Origin:
1800–10; akin to obsolete gangrel gangling person; cf. gang1

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gangle

[gang-guhl]
verb (used without object), gangled, gangling.
to move awkwardly or ungracefully: A tall, stiff-jointed man gangled past.

Origin:
1965–70; back formation from gangling

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gangling or gangly (ˈɡæŋɡlɪŋ, ˈɡæŋɡlɪ)
 
adj
tall, lanky, and awkward in movement
 
[perhaps related to gangrel; see gang²]
 
gangly or gangly
 
adj
 
[perhaps related to gangrel; see gang²]

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gangling
early 19c., a frequentative of gang in some sense involving looseness.
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Example sentences
His body, from the high-humped withers to the absurd little tail, seems too short for the long gangling legs.
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