Definition of lanky in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈlaŋki/

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, thin, slender, slim, lean, lank, skinny, spindly, spare, gangling, gangly, scrawny, skeletal, scraggy, emaciated, size-zero, bony, gaunt, raw-boned, gawky, rangy, skin-and-bones, angular, pinched, attenuated
informal weedy



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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