Lank hair
Lank Lank (l[a^][ng]k), a. [Compar. {Lanker}; superl. {Lankest}.] [{AS}. hlanc; cf. G. lenken to turn, gelenk joint, OHG. hlanca hip, side, flank, and E. link of a chain.] 1. Slender and thin; not well filled out; not plump; shrunken; lean. [1913 Webster]

Meager and lank with fasting grown. --Swift. [1913 Webster]

Who would not choose . . . to have rather a lank purse than an empty brain? --Barrow. [1913 Webster]

2. Languid; drooping. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Who, piteous of her woes, reared her lank head. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

{Lank hair}, long, thin hair. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Lank — (l[a^][ng]k), a. [Compar. {Lanker}; superl. {Lankest}.] [{AS}. hlanc; cf. G. lenken to turn, gelenk joint, OHG. hlanca hip, side, flank, and E. link of a chain.] 1. Slender and thin; not well filled out; not plump; shrunken; lean. [1913 Webster]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • lank — [ læŋk ] adjective lank hair is thin and straight: Her hair hung straight down, lank from the rain. ╾ lank|ly adverb ╾ lank|ness noun uncount …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • hair — W1S1 [heə US her] n [: Old English; Origin: hAr] 1.) [U] the mass of things like fine threads that grows on your head ▪ She put on her lipstick and brushed her hair . ▪ I must get my hair cut it s getting very long. ▪ You ve had your hair done… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • lank — [læŋk] adj [: Old English; Origin: hlanc] lank hair is thin, straight, and unattractive …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • lank — UK [læŋk] / US adjective Word forms lank : adjective lank comparative lanker superlative lankest 1) lank hair is thin and straight Her hair hung straight down, lank from the rain. 2) a lank person is tall and thin Derived words: lankly adverb… …   English dictionary

  • lank — adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Old English hlanc; akin to Old High German hlanca loin Date: before 12th century 1. not well filled out ; slender, thin < lank cattle > 2. insufficient in quantity, degree, or extent < lank grass > 3.… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • lank — adjective lank hair is thin, straight and unattractive lankly adverb lankness noun (U) …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • lank´ness — lank «langk», adjective. 1. long and thin; slender: »a lank boy, lank grasses. SYNONYM(S): skinny, lanky, gaunt. 2. straight and flat; not curly or wavy: »lank locks of hair. ╂[Old English hlanc] –lank´ly …   Useful english dictionary

  • lank´ly — lank «langk», adjective. 1. long and thin; slender: »a lank boy, lank grasses. SYNONYM(S): skinny, lanky, gaunt. 2. straight and flat; not curly or wavy: »lank locks of hair. ╂[Old English hlanc] –lank´ly …   Useful english dictionary

  • lank — ► ADJECTIVE 1) (of hair) long, limp, and straight. 2) lanky. ORIGIN Old English, «thin» …   English terms dictionary

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