lanky

adjective
\ ˈlaŋ-kē How to pronounce lanky (audio) \
lankier; lankiest

Definition of lanky

: ungracefully tall and thin

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Other Words from lanky

lankily \ ˈlaŋ-​kə-​lē How to pronounce lankily (audio) \ adverb
lankiness \ ˈlaŋ-​kē-​nəs How to pronounce lankiness (audio) \ noun

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

Examples of lanky in a Sentence

the lanky basketball star was great at slam-dunking

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Just put your lanky arms around me and tell me everything is going to be OK. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "The Night King in Real Life Is a Total Snack, and I Don't Know How to Feel About It," 29 Apr. 2019 More than 50 countries, including the U.S., have recognized Mr. Guaidó, a lanky, 35-year-old legislator. José De Córdoba And Daniela Blandón, WSJ, "Violence Erupts in Venezuela Border Showdown," 23 Feb. 2019 As far as physical comparisons go Erickson said that Lara most closely resembles Jake Gatewood, another long, lanky prospect who played both shortstop and third for the Timber Rattlers in 2016. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Gilbert Lara has grown up in the Brewers' minor-league system," 15 May 2018 This infantilizing image of Okpokwasili’s long, lanky body at Reid’s breast, though startling, is a cue that this sideways world of the TV Room is about accessing memory — history. Lauren Warnecke, chicagotribune.com, "'Poor People’s TV Room' mixes Boko Haram history with Oprah — and is a tough, tough piece to unpack," 13 Apr. 2018 Twiggy, the lanky model who defined the look of swinging... Katharine K. Zarrella, WSJ, "Can You Pull Off a Beret if You’re Not French?," 4 Jan. 2019 Ali Sonko, the world’s most famous former dishwasher who worked his way up at Noma to become a partner in 2017, strolls up to the entrance, his lanky frame dressed in a sharp black suit. Mary Holland, Condé Nast Traveler, "What It's Like to Eat at Noma, One of the World’s Most Famous Restaurants," 21 Dec. 2018 Walsh was intrigued by the lanky kid with the enormous hands who caught anything remotely near him. Chris Ballard, SI.com, "In Montana, a 49ers Reunion for Dwight Clark," 2 May 2018 Two state troopers were handcuffing two lanky, bedraggled guys and had them leaning over the side of their rusted out Dodge Aspen, while two German shepherds sniffed the vehicle. Anne Slowey, Condé Nast Traveler, "Fear and Self-Loathing in the American Southwest," 25 July 2018

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First Known Use of lanky

circa 1818, in the meaning defined above

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lanky

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of lanky

: tall and thin with usually an awkward quality

lanky

adjective
\ ˈlaŋ-kē How to pronounce lanky (audio) \
lankier; lankiest

Kids Definition of lanky

: very tall and thin a lanky teenager

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