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gangling

[gang-gling] /ˈgæŋ glɪŋ/
adjective
1.
awkwardly tall and spindly; lank and loosely built.
Also, gangly.
Origin of gangling
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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  • The rest were children, from gangling adolescents to one mere infant in arms.

    Nightmare Planet Murray Leinster
  • Look a that gangling country jay, he muttered in Osgoods ear.

  • Long, lean and hollow cheeked, the term "gangling" fits him better than any other.

  • The horse wheeled, stepping as clumsily as a gangling yearling.

    The Garden of Eden Max Brand
  • Four years there did the work for the gangling, silent mountaineer.

    The Escape of Mr. Trimm Irvin S. Cobb
  • Long, gangling boy to start with, and a lean, stoop-shouldered man.

    A Modern Instance William Dean Howells
  • The tall Rogan teetered up to the prisoners on his gangling legs, and stared icily at them.

  • Come here, Rufie, said Billson, beckoning to the gangling youth.

  • The second of the three was a gangling kid who probably never gave me a second look, let alone a third.

    The Door Through Space Marion Zimmer Bradley
  • He was then a tall, "gangling" youth, six feet one in height, with yellow hair and blue eyes.

    The Story of the Outlaw Emerson Hough
British Dictionary definitions for gangling

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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