Main definitions of lank in English

: lank1lank2

lank1

adjective

  • 1(of hair) long, limp, and straight:

    ‘the man had lank, brown, greasy hair’
    • ‘Close up, Penny could see he had mud in his long lank hair.’
    • ‘His head was covered in a bronze helm, and his long lank hair fell to his shoulders.’
    • ‘She had darting, small brown eyes and the light seemed to pass with ease through the large ears protruding through her oily, lank hair…’
    • ‘Her usually glossy hair was lank with dirt and dry with malnutrition.’
    • ‘With their tracksuit tops, lank hair and implausibly fresh faces, they look more like teenage scallies than harbingers of a musical revolution, but their enthusiasm is infectious.’
    • ‘Milton stood at the window, hands clasped behind his back, his shoulder-length hair limp and lank.’
    • ‘Thank God for the Venue, where dirty, spotty, black-clad youth still go to shake their lank hair to the Sisters of Mercy.’
    • ‘And as for Miller, the slight, wiry frame is the same, the lank hair slightly longer, but there still seems enough about his game to make a difference to a club that has been toiling.’
    • ‘Her huge dark eyes, lank hair and ripped jeans make her the perfect ‘alternative’ preteen crush.’
    • ‘He has lank hair, with a receding hairline, and nice hands.’
    • ‘We must be endlessly alert to avoid yellowing teeth, body odours, bad breath, baggy eyes, lank hair, grey hair or body hair.’
    • ‘Then she pulled her lank hair into a high pony tail and left her room again.’
    • ‘My hair was lank and dull, I was very thin, brown pigmentation began to spread up my arms and on my cheeks; I was depressingly unattractive.’
    • ‘She belongs round the back of the bike sheds, her hair is lank, her eyes are usually dull, and she is not expected to be a high-achiever academically.’
    • ‘His hair was lank and black and, for preference, he wore a black top hat.’
    • ‘Ava shook her head briskly, her lank hair flying around her shoulders.’
    • ‘She was plumpish with lank hair and a pasty complexion, not very clean, scruffily dressed - very unappetising, I thought.’
    • ‘So I listed ‘one eye smaller than the other, slightly big nose, yellow teeth, lank hair and droopy boobs from the side’.’
    • ‘Add to this stained teeth, bad breath, red eyes, lank hair, discoloured fingers and erectile dysfunction, and the list grows alarming.’
    limp, lifeless, lustreless
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  • 2(of a person) lanky:

    ‘he sprawled his long, lank figure over a chair’
    • ‘De Peisser, loathe to chase heels, is heaving a pack triply out of proportion to his lank, spindly frame.’
    • ‘The man, now 25 years old, was lank and thin, bound to a bed by the wrists and ankles, his mouth sealed with electrical tape.’
    • ‘Draped across them, their cloaks seemed to hang on bodies thin and lank.’
    • ‘He was thin and dark as the world itself, like a plant stuck in the shadows, growing tall and lank, reaching for the sun that was just a little higher… always a little higher out of reach of the Dark.’
    • ‘First of all, his lank, angular appearance combined with his monotone voice and gloomy disposition aren't very soothing and reassuring.’
    tall, thin, slender, slim, lean, skinny, spindly, spare, gangling, gangly, scrawny, skeletal, scraggy, emaciated, size-zero, bony, gaunt, raw-boned, gawky, rangy, skin-and-bones, angular, pinched, attenuated
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Origin

Old English hlanc ‘thin’, of Germanic origin; related to German lenken to bend, turn, also to flinch and link.

Pronunciation:

lank

/laŋk/

Main definitions of lank in English

: lank1lank2

lank2

adjective

South African
informal
  • 1Very numerous or plentiful:

    ‘come and share our braai—we've got lank meat’
  • 2Very good; fantastic:

    ‘dad's got a lank new car’

Origin

Sense 1 is perhaps from Afrikaans geld lank money galore; sense 2 may be related to Afrikaans lank nie sleg nie not at all bad.

Pronunciation:

lank

/laŋk/