- slender or lean
- gaunt or meager
- hanging straight and limp; not curly: said of hair
Origin of lankMiddle 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
- Long and lean. See Synonyms at lean2.
- Long, straight, and limp: lank and floppy hair.
Origin of lankMiddle English from Old English hlanc
(comparative lanker, superlative lankest)
(third-person singular simple present lanks, present participle lanking, simple past and past participle lanked)
- (rare) To become lank; to make lank.
Old English hlanc; confer German lenken (“to turn”), gelenk (“joint”), Old High German hlanca (“hip, side, flank”), and English link (of a chain).