adjective Etymology: perhaps alteration of Scots gangrel vagrant, lanky person Date: 1843 loosely and awkwardly built ; lanky

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  • gangling — by 1812, a frequentative of GANG (Cf. gang) in some sense involving looseness. GANGLING. Tall, slender, delicate, generally applied to plants. Warw. [James O. Halliwell, A Dictionary of Archaic and Provincial Words, 1846] …   Etymology dictionary

  • Gängling — Gängling, s. Aland (Fisch) …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • gangling — [ˈgæŋglɪŋ] or gangly [ˈgæŋgli] adj very tall and thin, and not graceful …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • gangling — [adj] rangy awkward, bony, gawky, lanky, leggy, long legged, long limbed, lumbering, skinny, spindly, tall, thin; concepts 490,491 …   New thesaurus

  • gangling — (also gangly) ► ADJECTIVE ▪ (of a person) tall, thin, and awkward. ORIGIN Old Norse …   English terms dictionary

  • gangling — [gaŋ′gliŋ] adj. [? altered (? infl. by DANGLE) < GANGREL, in obs. sense, “lanky person”] thin, tall, and awkward; of loose, lanky build: also gangly …   English World dictionary

  • gangling — [[t]gæ̱ŋglɪŋ[/t]] ADJ: ADJ n Gangling is used to describe a young person, especially a man, who is tall, thin, and clumsy in their movements. His gangling, awkward gait has earned him the name Spiderman. ...his gangling, bony frame …   English dictionary

  • gangling — /gang gling/, adj. awkwardly tall and spindly; lank and loosely built. Also, gangly. [1800 10; akin to obs. gangrel gangling person; cf. GANG1] * * * …   Universalium

  • gangling — adj. Gangling is used with these nouns: ↑youth …   Collocations dictionary

  • gangling — gan|gling [ˈgæŋglıŋ] adj [Date: 1800 1900; Origin: Perhaps from Scottish English gangrel wanderer, tall thin person (14 20 centuries)] unusually tall and thin, and not able to move gracefully = ↑lanky ▪ an awkward gangling teenager …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • gangling — adjective unusually tall and thin, and not at all graceful in the way you move: an awkward gangling teenager …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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