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[reyn-jee] /ˈreɪn dʒi/
adjective, rangier, rangiest.
(of animals or people) slender and long-limbed.
given to or fitted for ranging or moving about, as animals.
Origin of rangy
1865-70; range + -y1
Related forms
ranginess, noun Unabridged
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  • The hot-air system works better with compact square houses than with long, "rangy" structures.

  • Then he turned to a lean rider who bestrode a tall, rangy horse.

    'Drag' Harlan Charles Alden Seltzer
  • The moment the blue squad, greeted by a roar, trotted on the field, he recognized Lambert Planter's rangy figure.

    The Guarded Heights Wadsworth Camp
  • Six were huskies, rangy, muscular animals with thick, dense coats.

    The Yukon Trail William MacLeod Raine
  • He was a powerful, rangy bay, and not winded by his run and his swim.

    The Militants Mary Raymond Shipman Andrews
  • Hector ducked in through the doorway and plopped his rangy frame on the office's couch.

    The Dueling Machine Benjamin William Bova
  • The rangy figures of Aquilonian pikemen and forest runners mingled with the shorter, stockier forms of Bossonian archers.

    Beyond the Black River Robert E. Howard
  • The overdue hair on the back of his rangy neck stood up in attention.

    The Last Place on Earth James Judson Harmon
British Dictionary definitions for rangy


adjective rangier, rangiest
(of animals or people) having long slender limbs
adapted to wandering or roaming
allowing considerable freedom of movement; spacious; roomy
Derived Forms
rangily, adverb
ranginess, noun
Word Origin
C19: from range + -y1
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Word Origin and History for rangy

"having a long, slender form" (as an animal suited to ranging), 1845, from range (v.) + -y (2). Also "adapted for ranging" (1868). Of landscapes, "hilly," 1862, Australian English. Related: Ranginess.

As a rule, we hold that the Jersey should be "growthy," deep-flanked, and loose-jointed, and should have, generally, the characteristics which farmers know as "rangy." ["American Agriculturalist," November 1876]

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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