lanky

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adjective \ˈlaŋ-kē\

Definition of lanky

lankier

lankiest

  1. :  ungracefully tall and thin

lankily

play \-kə-lē\ adverb

lankiness

play \-kē-nəs\ noun

Examples of lanky in a sentence

  1. <the lanky basketball star was great at slam-dunking>

Circa 1818

First Known Use of lanky

circa 1818

Synonym Discussion of lanky

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>.

LANKY Defined for English Language Learners

lanky

play
adjective \ˈlaŋ-kē\

Definition of lanky for English Language Learners

  • : tall and thin with usually an awkward quality


LANKY Defined for Kids

lanky

play
adjective \ˈlaŋ-kē\

Definition of lanky for Students

lankier

lankiest

  1. :  very tall and thin <a lanky teenager>



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