Adjective "gangling" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


(of a person) tall, thin, and awkward in movements or bearing.
  1. 'The on-form gangling striker-single handedly destroyed Bucks with all three goals in a 3-1 victory here last season.'
  2. 'A tall, gangling figure, he simultaneously apologises, flings off his jacket, tells me why his breakfast meeting over-ran and checks his emails, all in a blur of long legs and dark blue suit.'
  3. 'The gangling Frenchman fittingly won the match with an ace down the centre, taking the second-settie-break 7-3.'
  4. 'There was a balletic quality to the goal, yet he is a gangling figure.'
  5. 'But despite this huge talent, his idea of women as pencil thin, stone-faced gangling creatures is very scary.'
  6. 'A tall gangling officer, wearing only his underwear, stood up and spread his arms out for quiet.'
  7. 'Two years or so ago he was a gangling schoolboy, but we have worked hard and he has worked hard.'
  8. 'Staffers lunching in the building's canteen nod respectfully at this gangling, spectacled intruder.'
  9. 'Will was tall, and a bit gangling, with black hair that was a little shaggy.'
  10. 'He appears an excellent pick to train with the national squad but, with regard to the actual Scotland XV, he looks as yet still a bit too much of a gangling colt.'


1. awkwardly tall and spindly; lank and loosely built.

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be gangling with mouths."

"youths can be gangling."

"people can be gangling."

"heights can be gangling."

"yearlings can be gangling."

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Early 19th century: from the verb gang + -le + -ing.