adjective (spindlier; -est) Date: 1651 1. of a disproportionately tall or long and thin appearance that often suggests physical weakness <
spindly legs
2. frail or flimsy in appearance or structure <
a spindly tower

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Spindly — Spin dly, a. Long and slender, or disproportionately tall and slender; as, spindly legs.. Used in some cases to suggest weakness. Syn: spindling. [PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • spindly — 1650s, from SPINDLE (Cf. spindle) + Y (Cf. y) (2) …   Etymology dictionary

  • spindly — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ long or tall and thin …   English terms dictionary

  • spindly — [spind′lē] adj. spindlier, spindliest long or tall and very thin or slender, often so as to be or seem frail or weak …   English World dictionary

  • spindly — UK [ˈspɪndlɪ] / US adjective Word forms spindly : adjective spindly comparative spindlier superlative spindliest something spindly is long and thin and looks as if it would break easily spindly legs …   English dictionary

  • spindly — spin|dly [ spındli ] adjective something spindly is long and thin and looks as if it would break easily: spindly legs …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • spindly — [[t]spɪ̱ndli[/t]] spindlier, spindliest ADJ GRADED Something that is spindly is long and thin and looks very weak. I did have rather spindly legs …   English dictionary

  • spindly — /spind lee/, adj., spindlier, spindliest. long or tall, thin, and usually frail: The colt wobbled on its spindly legs. [1645 55; SPINDLE + Y1] * * * …   Universalium

  • spindly — adjective Characteristic of a spindle; slender and of weak appearance. She has spindly legs …   Wiktionary

  • spindly — adj. Spindly is used with these nouns: ↑leg …   Collocations dictionary

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