- slender or lean
- gaunt or meager
- hanging straight and limp; not curly: said of hair
Origin: ME < OE hlanc, slim, flexible < IE base *kleng-, to bend, wind > Ger lenken, to bend, ON hlekkr, a ring
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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