Definition of gangling in English:

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gangling

Pronunciation: /ˈɡaŋɡlɪŋ/

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

Origin

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

Words that rhyme with gangling

wrangling

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: gan|gling

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