lanky

adjective \ ˈlaŋ-kē \

Definition of lanky

lankier; lankiest
:ungracefully tall and thin

lankily

play \ˈlaŋ-kə-lē\ adverb

lankiness

play \ˈlaŋ-kē-nəs\ noun

Examples of lanky in a Sentence

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

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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

adjective

Definition of lanky for English Language Learners

  • : tall and thin with usually an awkward quality


LANKY Defined for Kids

lanky

adjective \ ˈlaŋ-kē \

Definition of lanky for Students

lankier; lankiest
:very tall and thin
  • a lanky teenager


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