lanky

Use the adjective lanky to describe someone who’s tall, thin, and a little bit gawky.

A lanky person is not only tall and thin but also a little bit awkward. You wouldn’t use lanky to describe a tall, slender person who moves gracefully. Instead use lanky to describe someone who moves clumsily on his long limbs. You’ve probably seen a lanky basketball player who moves awkwardly but is still able to make the play, or a lanky teenager who seems to be made up entirely of long legs and long arms.

Definitions of lanky
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adj tall and thin and having long slender limbs

“a lanky kid transformed almost overnight into a handsome young man”
Synonyms:
gangling, gangly, rangy
tall
great in vertical dimension; high in stature

adj tall and thin

Synonyms:
gangling, gangly
lean, thin
lacking excess flesh

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