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lanky (adj.)

1630s, "straight and flat," used of hair, from lank (adj.) + -y (2). Sense of "awkwardly tall and thin" is first recorded 1818. Fowler writes that "The short form is almost only literary, the long chiefly colloquial." Related: Lankily (1848); lankiness (1846).

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Definitions of lanky

lanky (adj.)
tall and thin and having long slender limbs;
a lanky kid transformed almost overnight into a handsome young man
Synonyms: gangling / gangly / rangy
lanky (adj.)
tall and thin;
Synonyms: gangling / gangly
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