If you describe someone as gangly, you mean that they are tall and thin and have a slightly awkward or clumsy manner.

...a gangly youth dressed in jeans and trainers.


English dictionary. 2008.

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  • gangly — 1872, Amer.Eng. alteration of GANGLING (Cf. gangling) …   Etymology dictionary

  • gangly — UK [ˈɡæŋɡlɪ] / US adjective Word forms gangly : adjective gangly comparative ganglier superlative gangliest gangling …   English dictionary

  • gangly — adjective /ˈɡæŋ.ɡli/ Tall and thin, especially so as to cause physical awkwardness. 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 couldnt See Also …   Wiktionary

  • gangly — adj. Gangly is used with these nouns: ↑teenager, ↑youth …   Collocations dictionary

  • gangly — gangling [ˈgæŋglɪŋ] or gangly [ˈgæŋgli] adj very tall and thin, and not graceful …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • gangly — adjective (ganglier; est) Date: 1872 gangling …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • gangly — /gang glee/, adj., ganglier, gangliest. gangling. [1870 75, Amer.] * * * …   Universalium

  • gangly — (Roget s Thesaurus II) adjective Tall, thin, and awkwardly built: gangling, lanky, rangy, spindling, spindly. See FAT …   English dictionary for students

  • gangly — gan|gly [ˈgæŋgli] adj another form of ↑gangling …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • gangly — gang|ly [ gæŋgli ] adjective GANGLING …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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