rangier; rangiest
: able to range for considerable distances
: long-limbed and long-bodied
rangy cattle
: tall and slender
: having room for ranging
: having great scope
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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Word History

First Known Use

1868, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

Time Traveler
The first known use of rangy was in 1868

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“Rangy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rangy. Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


rangier; rangiest
: having long limbs and a long body
rangy cattle
: tall and slender in body build
a rangy athlete
ranginess noun

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