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[lang-kee] /ˈlæŋ ki/
adjective, lankier, lankiest.
ungracefully thin and rawboned; bony; gaunt:
a very tall and lanky man.
Origin of lanky
1660-70; lank + -y1
Related forms
lankily, adverb
lankiness, noun Unabridged
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  • The tall and lanky left-handed pitcher of the local club was an enigma to the heavy hitters of the opposing team.
  • Make cuttings of lanky geraniums and other house plants that have spent the summer outside.
  • The palms' lanky trunks support the heavy fruits dangling from their branches.
  • Don't mistake this lanky insect for a plain old stick.
  • In my woods, its lanky lower branches droop to the ground and route, forming holly brambles and drifts of knife sharp hedges.
  • It is long enough for us lanky survivors, and beefy enough to take some steep drops.
  • He, lanky and rumpled in torn jeans and gray fleece sweater, sits on the floor.
  • Off to one side, a couple of loops of chicken wire enclose more dust and garbage and a few plants-a zinnia, a lanky avocado.
  • The lanky actor with unruly hair and an ungainly stride had a boyish grin and an engaging manner.
British Dictionary definitions for lanky


adjective lankier, lankiest
tall, thin, and loose-jointed
Derived Forms
lankily, adverb
lankiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for lanky

1630s, "straight and flat," used of hair, from lank + -y (2); sense of "awkwardly tall and thin" is first recorded 1818. Related: Lankiness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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