rangy

People who are rangy are tall and thin, with long arms and legs. You could describe a skinny young basketball player as rangy.

This adjective most often describes someone who's very tall and slim, or even a little gawky, like a teenager with big feet and long legs who hasn't finished growing and is awkward in their own body. More rarely, rangy means "tending, allowed, or allowing to roam," like a rangy stray dog or a wide, rangy field. It comes from the verb range, or "move freely over a wide area."

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

Synonyms:
gangling, gangly, lanky
tall
great in vertical dimension; high in stature

adj adapted to wandering or roaming

Synonyms:
mobile
moving or capable of moving readily (especially from place to place)

adj allowing ample room for ranging

Synonyms:
big, large
above average in size or number or quantity or magnitude or extent

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