lank

adjective \ ˈlaŋk \

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

lankly

adverb

lankness

noun

Examples of lank in a Sentence

  1. a woman with long, lank hair

  2. right after a shower, her lank hair hung down to her shoulders

Origin and Etymology of lank

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

Synonym Discussion of lank

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

LANK Defined for English Language Learners

lank

adjective

Definition of lank for English Language Learners

  • of hair : hanging straight down in an unattractive way


LANK Defined for Kids

lank

adjective \ ˈlaŋk \

Definition of lank for Students

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


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