gangling

adjective

gan·​gling ˈgaŋ-gliŋ How to pronounce gangling (audio)
-glən
: tall, thin, and awkwardly built : lanky, gangly
He is a tall, rather gangling man, with straggly dark hair, a sort of misshapen handsomeness and a crinkly smile. Graham Swift

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Example Sentences

the riders at the barn just loved the gangling newborn colt

Word History

Etymology

perhaps from gang entry 3 + -le, iterative verb suffix + -ing entry 3

First Known Use

1764, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of gangling was in 1764

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Cite this Entry

“Gangling.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gangling. Accessed 7 Oct. 2022.

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