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gangling Syllabification: gan·gling
Pronunciation: /ˈɡaNGɡliNG/

Definition of gangling in English:


(Of a person) tall, thin, and awkward in movements or bearing.
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.
lanky, rangy, tall, thin, skinny, spindly, stringy, bony, angular, scrawny, spare;


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

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