lank definition by Webster's New World
- slender or lean
- gaunt or meager
- hanging straight and limp; not curly: said of hair
Origin: Middle English ; from Old English hlanc, slim, flexible ; from Indo-European base an unverified form kleng-, to bend, wind from source German lenken, to bend, Old Norse hlekkr, a ring
lank definition by American Heritage Dictionary
adjective lank·er, lank·est
- Long and lean. See Synonyms at lean2.
- Long, straight, and limp: lank and floppy hair.
Origin: Middle English, from Old English hlanc.
- lankˈly adverb
- lankˈness noun