gangly

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gangly (comparative ganglier, superlative gangliest)

  1. Tall and thin, especially so as to cause physical awkwardness.
    • 1872, Mark Twain, Roughing It, chapter VII
      I should have shot that long gangly lubber they called Hank, if I could have done it without crippling six or seven other people—but of course I couldn't
    • 1917, Jack London, Michael, Brother of Jerry, chapter XV
      A rangy, gangly, Scandinavian youth of a sailor, droop-shouldered, six feet six and slender as a lath, with pallid eyes of palest blue and skin and hair attuned to the same colour scheme, joined Kwaque in his work.
    • 2007, Oswald J. Schmitz, Ecology and Ecosystem Conservation‎, page 34
      Individuals of this rabbit species tend to be very large (about the size of a beagle dog); they have long ears and long, gangly legs and a very thin fur coats.
    • 2011 October 15, Owen Phillips, “Stoke 2 - 0 Fulham”, BBC Sport:
      [Peter Crouch] The gangly striker played a one-two with Jermaine Pennant as the winger cut in from the right, and although Pennant easily jinked past centre-half Brede Hangeland, he shot narrowly wide of the far post.

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