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spindly

[spind-lee] /ˈspɪnd li/
adjective, spindlier, spindliest.
1.
long or tall, thin, and usually frail:
The colt wobbled on its spindly legs.
Origin of spindly
1645-1655
1645-55; spindle + -y1
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spindly

/ˈspɪndlɪ/
adjective -dlier, -dliest
1.
tall, slender, and frail; attenuated
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Word Origin and History for spindly
adj.

1650s, from spindle + -y (2).

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