Definition of gangling in English:

gangling

Line breaks: gan|gling
Pronunciation: /ˈgaŋglɪŋ
 
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adjective

  • (Of a person) tall, thin, and awkward in movements or bearing: a gangling youth with a trace of down on his cheeks
    More example sentences
    • Watson was 24, an awkward, gangling American, whose hair, Bill has noted, ‘appears in photographs to be straining to attach itself to some powerful magnet just out of frame’.
    • A tall, gangling figure, he simultaneously apologises, flings off his jacket, tells me why his breakfast meeting over-ran and checks his emails, all in a blur of long legs and dark blue suit.
    • Yet ‘Little George’, as he is known despite the fact that he is a tall gangling figure, is seen as a new force.
    Synonyms
    lanky, rangy, wiry, stringy, bony, angular, skinny, skin-and-bones, spindly, spindling, scrawny, thin, spare, gaunt, skeletal, size-zero; loosely built, loosely jointed; awkward, uncoordinated, ungainly, gawky, inelegant, graceless, ungraceful
    informal like a bag of bones
    dated spindle-shanked

Derivatives

gangle

verb
More example sentences
  • When he gangles on to the stage tonight he tells us that there are going to be new songs (mild applause) and old songs (total pandemonium).
  • He gangled over to me and stuck out a pale pink paw.

Origin

early 19th century: from the verb gang2 + -le4 + -ing2.

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