lankly

lank

[langk]
adjective, lanker, lankest.
1.
(of plants) unduly long and slender: lank grass; lank, leafless trees.
2.
(of hair) straight and limp; without spring or curl.
3.
lean; gaunt; thin.

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

lankly, adverb
lankness, noun
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lank1 (læŋk)
 
adj
1.  long and limp
2.  thin or gaunt
 
[Old English hlanc loose]
 
'lankly1
 
adv
 
'lankness1
 
n

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

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lank
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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