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 lanky (audio) \ adverb
lankiness \ ˈlaŋ-​kē-​nəs How to pronounce lanky (audio) \ 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 lanky in a Sentence

the lanky basketball star was great at slam-dunking
Recent Examples on the Web The lanky, soft-spoken Texan went to Washington in 1961 as a New Frontiersman in President John F. Kennedy's Justice Department. CBS News, 11 Apr. 2021 Look, Gobert is just too lanky to be dribbling in traffic. Andy Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, 24 Apr. 2021 The lanky, soft-spoken Texan went to Washington in 1961 as a New Frontiersman in President John F. Kennedy’s Justice Department. Fox News, 11 Apr. 2021 The lanky, soft-spoken Texan went to Washington in 1961 as a New Frontiersman in President John F. Kennedy’s Justice Department. NBC News, 11 Apr. 2021 Win Lawson felt his chest puff out a little this particular day in Buffalo, his shoulders hiking his lanky frame just a little taller and straighter. CBS News, 14 May 2021 Think former world record-holder Willie Banks — tall and lanky. San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 June 2021 The sort of player on the other side of the biggest trade of the NBA season is a lanky boy with braces on his teeth and middle school on his mind. Ben Cohen, WSJ, 9 June 2021 For much of his time in office, the tall, lanky, mild-mannered lawmaker forged relationships with many in the Democratic majority. Washington Post, 8 June 2021

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First Known Use of lanky

circa 1818, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of lanky was circa 1818

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“Lanky.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lanky. Accessed 1 Aug. 2021.

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More Definitions for lanky

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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