\ˈrān-jē \
rangier; rangiest

Definition of rangy 

1 : able to range for considerable distances

2a : long-limbed and long-bodied rangy cattle

b : tall and slender

3 : having room for ranging

4 : having great scope

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Other Words from rangy

ranginess noun

Examples of rangy in a Sentence

we could use a rangy girl like you on our basketball team a speech that took a rangy look at the problems facing the university

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This lush, rangy pocket of the country is finally being recognized as a culinary polestar, with chefs such Ms. Cooper, Tennessee’s Sean Brock and Virginia’s Travis Milton championing of Appalachian foodways to national acclaim. Louisa Shafia, WSJ, "America’s Most Satisfying Salad," 27 Sep. 2018 Her voice is often paired with someone rougher, lower, more likely to drawl out a rap in contrast to her rangy soprano. Rubi Jones, Teen Vogue, "Bebe Rexha Says Fighting Her Anxiety Is an Everyday Battle," 17 June 2018 Playing defense in right field At his best, Ichiro was an exceptionally rangy outfielder with a great arm. Ted Berg, For The Win, "9 things Ichiro Suzuki did better than anyone," 3 May 2018 Later, Jae played guitar, while Soo-Kyung held Yuna, keeping her rangy arms from tearing into the instrument. Pam Belluck, New York Times, "Infinitesimal Odds: A Scientist Finds Her Child’s Rare Illness Stems From the Gene She Studies," 23 Apr. 2018 An ethereal sound, with a smooth, rangy melody that shuffles through keys, and a soft tap for a beat, fills a lab at Toronto’s Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital. Nathan Hurst, Smithsonian, "Can Biomusic Offer Kids With Autism a New Way to Communicate?," 2 Apr. 2018 Behind Graham and Jenkins is Rodney McLeod, one of the game’s rangier centerfielders and a threatening blitzer. Andy Benoit, SI.com, "For Philadelphia and New England, the Super Bowl Could Come Down to Versatile Safeties," 31 Jan. 2018 Nevada is a lean, rangy team composed mostly of 6-foot-7ish shooters. Tom Groeschen, Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati Bearcats lose 22-point lead, fall 75-73 to Nevada in NCAA Tournament stunner," 18 Mar. 2018 Nicholas Petit-Frere has opted to sign with Ohio State, choosing the Buckeyes over Alabama, Florida, Michigan and many other schools pursuing the rangy offensive tackle. Rainer Sabin, AL.com, "Top OT picks Ohio State over Alabama," 7 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of rangy

1868, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

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English Language Learners Definition of rangy

of a person : tall and thin

of an animal : having a long body and long legs

of a plant : tall and having few leaves


\ˈrān-jē \
rangier; rangiest

Kids Definition of rangy

: tall and slender

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