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gangly

[gang-glee] /ˈgæŋ gli/
adjective, ganglier, gangliest.
1.
Origin
1870-1875
1870-75, Americanism
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Examples from the web for gangly
  • Mainstream media would reject him because he was unattractive, gangly and often difficult to get on with.
  • They were as gangly and awkward as he was, with fresh haircuts that made their ears stand out dangerously.
  • The teenagers toss up gangly bodies haphazardly, their skinny limbs flying overhead.
  • The gangly, fast-moving creatures are instantly recognized as daddy long-legs.
  • The non-varietal species is often gangly and does not have good fall color.
  • They also have relatively long legs and a gangly gait.
  • Tall and gangly, this fellow traipsed into the great room hauling a load of bulging canvas bags.
  • His eyes roam, his fingers pester his face, his arms and upper body go all gangly.
British Dictionary definitions for gangly

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 gangly
adj.

1872, American English alteration of gangling.

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