- 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)
- 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.
- (of hair) Straight and flat; thin and limp. (often associated with being greasy)
- Lank hair, long, thin hair. - Thomas Babington Macaulay
(third-person singular simple present lanks, present participle lanking, simple past and past participle lanked)
- (rare) To become lank; to make lank.