Definition of lanky in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈlaNGkē/

adjective (lankier, lankiest)

(Of a person) ungracefully thin and tall.
Example sentences
  • He is lanky and a brilliant artist as well as being excellent at crosswords.
  • There seems to be a blind faith in the lad because he's lanky and he makes the ball bounce.
  • While Ethan was rather short and more fit, Brook was tall, thin, and lanky.
tall and thin, thin, slender, slim, lean, lank, skinny, spindly, scrawny, spare, bony, gangling, gangly, gawky, rangy



Pronunciation: /-kəlē/
Example sentences
  • He was the only foreign player in an otherwise all-British squad that evening and, emerging lankily from the tunnel, he looked less like a footballer than a startled foal.
  • Using his bar mitzvah cash at the tender age of 13, the lankily hip youngster bought himself a turntable and mixer.
  • It then stood up and lankily walked off, disappearing behind trees and then reappearing again before finally disappearing for good.


Example sentences
  • Otherwise, you can't do much but learn to love your lankiness.
  • He was notable for the lankiness of his legs and the length of his canine teeth.
  • If Christopher Rice were a vampire he would be downright dangerous, At 6 feet 3 inches, he towers when standing, his boyish lankiness diffusing any menace his height may suggest.

Words that rhyme with lanky

cranky, Frankie, hanky, hanky-panky, manky, swanky, Yankee

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Syllabification: lank·y

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