lankier, lankiest
If you describe someone as lanky, you mean that they are tall and thin and move rather awkwardly.

He was six feet four, all lanky and leggy.

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  • Lanky — Lank y, a. Somewhat lank; tall, thin, bony and ungraceful. Thackeray. [1913 Webster] The lanky Dinka, nearly seven feet in height. The Century. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • lanky — 1630s, straight and flat, used of hair, from LANK (Cf. lank) + Y (Cf. y) (2); sense of awkwardly tall and thin is first recorded 1818. Related: Lankiness …   Etymology dictionary

  • lanky — [adj] tall and thin angular, attenuated, beanpole*, beanstalk*, bony, broomstick*, extenuated, gangling, gangly, gaunt, lean, meager, rangy, rawboned, scraggy, scrawny, slender, spare, spindling, spindly, stilt, stringy, twiggy*, weedy; concepts… …   New thesaurus

  • lanky — ► ADJECTIVE (lankier, lankiest) ▪ awkwardly thin and tall. DERIVATIVES lankily adverb lankiness noun …   English terms dictionary

  • lanky — [laŋ′kē] adj. lankier, lankiest [ LANK + Y2] tall and lean, or long and slender: often used to suggest awkwardness in appearance or gait lankily adv. lankiness n …   English World dictionary

  • lanky — UK [ˈlæŋkɪ] / US adjective Word forms lanky : adjective lanky comparative lankier superlative lankiest tall, thin, and not very graceful a lanky teenager with a moody look Derived word: lankiness noun uncountable …   English dictionary

  • lanky — lank|y [ˈlæŋki] adj someone who is lanky is tall and thin, and moves awkwardly = ↑gangling ▪ a lanky young man >lankiness n [U] …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • lanky — lankily, adv. lankiness, n. /lang kee/, adj., lankier, lankiest. ungracefully thin and rawboned; bony; gaunt: a very tall and lanky man. [1660 70; LANK + Y1] * * * …   Universalium

  • lanky — adj. Lanky is used with these nouns: ↑figure, ↑frame, ↑man, ↑youth …   Collocations dictionary

  • lanky — lank|y [ læŋki ] adjective tall, thin, and not very graceful: a lanky teenager with a moody look ╾ lank|i|ness noun uncount …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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