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1(Of hair) long, limp, and straight: the man had lank, brown, greasy hair
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  • My hair was lank and dull, I was very thin, brown pigmentation began to spread up my arms and on my cheeks; I was depressingly unattractive.
  • She belongs round the back of the bike sheds, her hair is lank, her eyes are usually dull, and she is not expected to be a high-achiever academically.
  • He has lank hair, with a receding hairline, and nice hands.
limp, lifeless, lustreless;
straggling, straggly, dull, unkempt, untidy;
straight, long
informal ratty
2(Of a person) lanky: he sprawled his long, lank figure over a chair
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  • First of all, his lank, angular appearance combined with his monotone voice and gloomy disposition aren't very soothing and reassuring.
  • He was thin and dark as the world itself, like a plant stuck in the shadows, growing tall and lank, reaching for the sun that was just a little higher… always a little higher out of reach of the Dark.
  • The man, now 25 years old, was lank and thin, bound to a bed by the wrists and ankles, his mouth sealed with electrical tape.


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  • Hmmm, I guess what I'm seeing now is how he'd really look without the help of on-screen make-up, and with what's left of his hair uncombed and flapping lankly.
  • He was very tall and muscular and bronzed and lightly tattooed, with long blond hair that hung lankly down his back.
  • He has grown up into a lean, furtive young man; his hair flopping lankly over a sharp fox's nose.


Old English hlanc 'thin', of Germanic origin; related to German lenken 'to bend, turn', also to flinch and link1.

Words that rhyme with lank

ankh, bank, blank, clank, crank, dank, drank, embank, flank, franc, frank, hank, outflank, outrank, Planck, plank, point-blank, prank, rank, sank, shank, shrank, spank, stank, swank, tank, thank, yank
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South African informal
1Very numerous or plentiful: come and share our braai—we’ve got lank meat
2Very good; fantastic: dad’s got a lank new car


Sense 1 is perhaps from Afrikaans geld lank 'money galore'; sense 2 may be related to Afrikaans lank nie sleg nie 'not at all bad'.

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