Lankest
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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  • lankest — læŋk adj. straight and limp, lifeless (of hair); long and lean; thin, lean …   English contemporary dictionary

  • 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 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Lanker — 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • lank — lankly, adv. lankness, n. /langk/, adj., lanker, lankest. 1. (of plants) unduly long and slender: lank grass; lank, leafless trees. 2. (of hair) straight and limp; without spring or curl. 3. lean; gaunt; thin. [bef. 1000; ME lanc, OE hlanc; akin… …   Universalium

  • 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

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