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
  1. adjective
    tall and thin and having long slender limbs
    “a lanky kid transformed almost overnight into a handsome young man”
    synonyms: gangling, gangly, rangy
    great in vertical dimension; high in stature
  2. adjective
    tall and thin
    synonyms: gangling, gangly
    lean, thin
    lacking excess flesh
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