from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Tall, thin, and ungainly. See Synonyms at lean2.

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  • adj. Somewhat lank; tall, slim, and rather ungraceful or awkward.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Somewhat lank; tall, thin, bony and ungraceful.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Somewhat lank; tending to or characteristic. of lankness or leanness.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. tall and thin and having long slender limbs
  • adj. tall and thin


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  • He is a tall young man, -- "lanky," as she has herself expressed him, -- with thick brown hair, closely cropped.

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  • Tall people should be slim, otherwise the word 'lanky' is used - and that's not nice.


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  • Yes, I think it contradicts the meaning. Odd....

    July 23, 2010

  • Anybody?

    July 23, 2010

  • First example:

    Tall people should be slim, otherwise the word 'lanky' is used - and that's not nice.

    It seem to contradict the definition for lanky, doesn't it? It makes it sound like "lanky" is a tall person that is not slim.

    June 24, 2010