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. hanging straight and limp without spring or curl <
lank hair
Synonyms: see leanlankly adverblankness noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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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 — lank; lank·i·ly; lank·i·ness; lank·ish; lank·ly; lank·ness; …   English syllables

  • 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

  • Lank — Lank, v. i. & t. To become lank; to make lank. [Obs.] Shak. G. Fletcher. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Lank — may refer to: * Slender and thin; not well filled out; not plump; shrunken; lean; languid; drooping *Surnames: ** Barry Lank (b. 1960), comedian, journalist, and former writer at Air America Radio. ** Edith Lank, author and advice columnist… …   Wikipedia

  • Lank — bezeichnet einen Ortsteil der Stadt Lübtheen im Landkreis Ludwigskust in Mecklenburg Vorpommern den Ortsteil Lank Latum der Stadt Meerbusch im Rhein Kreis Neuss in Nordrhein Westfalen ein Berg im Bregenzerwald 1.370 m siehe Lank (Berg) …   Deutsch Wikipedia

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

  • lank — (adj.) O.E. hlanc loose and empty, slender, flaccid, from P.Gmc. *khlankaz, perhaps from a root meaning flexible (Cf. Ger. lenken to bend, turn aside, O.N. hlykkr bend, noose, loop ), from PIE root *kleng to bend, turn (see LINK (Cf. link) (n.)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • lank — lank, lanky gaunt, rawboned, *lean, spare, angular, scrawny, skinny Analogous words: *thin, slim, slender, slight: attenuated, extenuated (see THIN vb) Antonyms: burly Contrasted words: husky, brawny, *muscular, sinewy: plump, portly, rotund,… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

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

  • lank — [laŋk] adj. [ME < OE hlanc, slim, flexible < IE base * kleng , to bend, wind > Ger lenken, to bend, ON hlekkr, a ring] 1. a) slender or lean b) gaunt or meager 2. hanging straight and limp; not curly: said of hair lankly adv. lankness n …   English World dictionary

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