lank

Definition from Wiktionary, the free dictionary
Jump to: navigation, search
See also: länk

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Old English hlanc; confer German lenken (to turn), Gelenk (joint), Old High German hlanca (hip, side, flank), and English link (of a chain).

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

lank (comparative lanker, superlative lankest)

  1. Slender or thin; not well filled out; not plump; shrunken; lean.
    • Meager and lank with fasting grown. - Jonathan Swift.
    • Who would not choose ... to have rather a lank purse than an empty brain? - Isaac Barrow.
    • Blacks in the fields, lank and stooped, their fingers spiderlike among the bolls of cotton. - 1985 McCarthy, Blood Meridian, chapter 1.
  2. (of hair) Straight and flat; thin and limp. (often associated with being greasy)
  3. (obsolete) languid; drooping.
    • Who, piteous of her woes, reared her lank head. - John Milton
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Macaulay to this entry?)

Translations[edit]

Verb[edit]

lank (third-person singular simple present lanks, present participle lanking, simple past and past participle lanked)

  1. (rare) To become lank; to make lank.
Quote-alpha.png This entry needs quotations to illustrate usage. If you come across any interesting, durably archived quotes then please add them!

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.

Anagrams[edit]


Lower Sorbian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

lan +‎ -k

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

lank m

  1. Diminutive of lan

Declension[edit]