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gangling

[gang-gling] /ˈgæŋ glɪŋ/
adjective
1.
awkwardly tall and spindly; lank and loosely built.
Also, gangly.
Origin
1800-1810
1800-10; akin to obsolete gangrel gangling person; cf. gang1

gangle

[gang-guh l] /ˈgæŋ gəl/
verb (used without object), gangled, gangling.
1.
to move awkwardly or ungracefully:
A tall, stiff-jointed man gangled past.
Origin
1965-70; back formation from gangling
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  • His body, from the high-humped withers to the absurd little tail, seems too short for the long gangling legs.
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gangling

/ˈɡæŋɡlɪŋ/
adjective
1.
tall, lanky, and awkward in movement
Word Origin
perhaps related to gangrel; see gang²
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Word Origin and History for gangling
adj.

by 1812, a frequentative of gang in some sense involving looseness.

GANGLING. Tall, slender, delicate, generally applied to plants. Warw. [James O. Halliwell, "A Dictionary of Archaic and Provincial Words," 1846]

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