\ ˈlaŋk How to pronounce lank (audio) \

Definition of lank

1 : not well filled out : slender, thin lank cattle
2 : insufficient in quantity, degree, or extent
3 : hanging straight and limp without spring or curl

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Other Words from lank

lankly adverb
lankness noun

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lean, spare, lank, lanky, gaunt, rawboned, scrawny, skinny mean thin because of an absence of excess flesh. lean stresses lack of fat and of curving contours. a lean racehorse spare suggests leanness from abstemious living or constant exercise. the gymnast's spare figure lank implies tallness as well as leanness. the lank legs of the heron lanky suggests awkwardness and loose-jointedness as well as thinness. a lanky youth, all arms and legs gaunt implies marked thinness or emaciation as from overwork or suffering. a prisoner's gaunt face rawboned suggests a large ungainly build without implying undernourishment. a rawboned farmer scrawny and skinny imply an extreme leanness that suggests deficient strength and vitality. a scrawny chicken skinny street urchins

Examples of lank in a Sentence

a woman with long, lank hair right after a shower, her lank hair hung down to her shoulders

First Known Use of lank

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for lank

Middle English, from Old English hlanc; akin to Old High German hlanca loin

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The first known use of lank was before the 12th century

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“Lank.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of lank

of hair : hanging straight down in an unattractive way


\ ˈlaŋk How to pronounce lank (audio) \
lanker; lankest

Kids Definition of lank

1 : not well filled out : thin lank cattle
2 : hanging straight and limp in an unattractive way lank hair

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