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

  • adj. Slender and elongated, especially in a way that suggests weakness.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Characteristic of a spindle; slender and of weak appearance.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Long and slender, or disproportionately tall and slender. Used in some cases to suggest weakness.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Spindle-like; disproportionately long and slender or slim.

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

  • adj. long and lean


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