Definitions

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  • n. The property of being lank.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The state or quality of being lank.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state or quality of being lank or shrunken; slenderness; gauntness; leanness.

Etymologies

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lank +‎ -ness

Examples

  • I'll even stop washing my hair, just to ensure the requisite lankness.

    The Cold and Ugly Light of Truth: Special MFA Edition

  • The gravity of his dress, together with a certain lankness of cheek and stiffness of deportment, added nearly ten years to his age, but his figure was that of one not yet past thirty.

    Barnaby Rudge

  • Quixote of La Mancha was that a man of that sort and shape he had never yet seen; he marvelled at the length of his hair, his lofty stature, the lankness and sallowness of his countenance, his armour, his bearing and his gravity — a figure and picture such as had not been seen in those regions for many a long day.

    Don Quixote

  • "Be seated, if you will," Yakow said, and folded his lankness down.

    The Day of Their Return

  • The lankiness of limb, and the lankness of feature and hair, sufficiently pleasing in poor

    A Sheaf of Corn

  • No. 65., with the long, wrinkled neck and sharply lined face is unbecomingly costumed in the V-shaped basque and corsage which apparently elongate her natural lankness.

    What Dress Makes of Us

  • To some, such a revelation of grace and womanliness in this hoyden, the gentle swelling of lankness to beauty, of lowliness to shy self-poise, was a sudden joy, to others a mere blindness.

    The Quest of the Silver Fleece A Novel

  • The oval of the brow, the soft brown eyes, the smile haunting the thick lips and the lankness of cheek combined to form the typically tuberculous countenance.

    Life of Robert Louis Stevenson by Alexander Harvey

  • She leaned the rocker back and crossed her knees, the movement throwing into high relief the hard lankness of her figure.

    No Clue A Mystery Story

  • By degrees, the color came back to his face, his lean figure lost something of its lankness, his tread grew firmer and more alert.

    On the Firing Line

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