spindly

adjective spin·dly \ ˈspin(d)-lē , ˈspin-dᵊl-ē \

Definition of spindly

spindlier; spindliest
1 :of a disproportionately tall or long and thin appearance that often suggests physical weakness
  • spindly legs
2 :frail or flimsy in appearance or structure
  • a spindly tower

Examples of spindly in a Sentence

  1. spindly, underfed dogs roamed the poverty-stricken village

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First Known Use of spindly

1651


SPINDLY Defined for English Language Learners

spindly

adjective

Definition of spindly for English Language Learners

  • : long and thin and usually weak


SPINDLY Defined for Kids

spindly

adjective spin·dly \ ˈspind-lē \

Definition of spindly for Students

:being thin and long or tall and usually feeble or weak
  • spindly legs
  • a spindly plant


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