gangly

adjective gan·gly \ ˈgaŋ-glē \
|Updated on: 12 Jul 2018

Definition of gangly

ganglier; gangliest
1 a : tall and thin and moving with a loose-jointed awkwardness : lanky, gangling
  • It is a cool night in San Jose, and gangly teenagers stream toward the Gunderson gym.
  • —Chris Ballard
b : long and thin
  • His linen suit was appropriately rumpled …and his gangly legs were jacked up against the glove box, as he resisted suggestions to slide his seat back.
  • —Cara Buckley
2 of a plant : having a tall and sparse appearance : lacking fullness
  • These tall (to 8 feet), sometimes gangly shrubs bear cup-shaped, strong-scented flowers.
  • —Michael MacCaskey

Examples of gangly in a Sentence

  1. a gangly teenager who was born to play varsity basketball

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Origin and Etymology of gangly

probably from gangl(ing) + 1-y

GANGLY Defined for English Language Learners

gangly

Definition of gangly for English Language Learners

  • : tall, thin, and awkward

  • : long and thin


GANGLY Defined for Kids

gangly

adjective gan·gly \ ˈgaŋ-glē \

Definition of gangly for Students

ganglier; gangliest
: tall, thin, and awkward
  • a gangly teenager


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