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Dictionary Definition

lank adj
1 long and thin and often limp; "grown lank with fasting"; "lank mousy hair"
2 long and lean [syn: spindly]

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lank (Comparative 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.
    • Meager and lank with fasting grown. - Swift.
    • Who would not choose . . . to have rather a lank purse than an empty brain? - Barrow.
    • Blacks in the fields, lank and stooped, their fingers spiderlike among the bolls of cotton. - 1985 McCarthy, Blood Meridian, chapter 1.
  2. Languid; drooping.[Obs.]
    • Who, piteous of her woes, reared her lank head. - Milton
    • Lank hair, long, thin hair. - Macaulay


lank [intransitive & transitive]
  1. To become lank; to make lank.

Extensive Definition

Lank may refer to:
  • Barry Lank (b. 1960), comedian, journalist, and former writer at Air America Radio.
  • Edith Lank, author and advice columnist living
  • Jeff Lank (b. 1975), retired professional ice hockey player
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