Definition of spindly in US English:

spindly

adjective

  • 1(of a person or limb) long or tall and thin.

    ‘spindly arms and legs’
    • ‘It was long and thin, with short legs to stand on and two spindly arms with three fingers on the end of each.’
    • ‘Instead of viciously attacking them, the amphibian began to speak in a gurgling voice, thin spindly arms waving about.’
    • ‘His game looked very pretty but he was a tall, spindly youth who simply could not cut it with the big, tough lads in his age group.’
    • ‘She continued filming as the aliens filed off the bus, apparently entire families of them in various sizes, though all of them looked thin and spindly compared to the human soldiers next to them.’
    • ‘His bony, spindly arms, protruding from the black cloth draping his shoulder, pushed the cart by means of a heavy cord; his arm muscles, if there were any, did not show any strain.’
    • ‘How many weird skinny dogs with spindly legs, cow spots and Dalmation daubs can there be in this world?’
    • ‘He broke off as the door to their room opened and a sharp-faced, preternaturally thin man with spindly arms and legs tightly covered by taut sunbaked skin peered inside.’
    • ‘She was a tall, spindly woman with frizzy brown hair and thin-rimmed glasses.’
    • ‘Zim's spindly arms and legs, Gaz's angry squint, and Dib's unimaginably large head are all hallmarks of Vasquez's designs.’
    • ‘She sighed and picked him up, cradling him in her spindly arms and lifting up her thin top.’
    • ‘Jenny was tall and spindly, and Dean hardly had any hair.’
    • ‘He reminded me strongly of my maths teacher, same tall frame and spindly limbs but he had long platinum blond hair and he was garbed in a ridiculous jesters outfit.’
    • ‘It was tall, spindly, almost inhuman in thinness.’
    • ‘Being a rather spindly and tall individual, he can't manoeuvre into position to have a crack at goal.’
    • ‘The dress she's wearing only just covers her thin and bony frame, and her spindly legs poke out above long white lumpy kneesocks.’
    • ‘Franken and I chuckled about Gramm's refusal to answer the question, and suddenly two spindly arms reached across me and grabbed Franken and started to pull him out of his chair.’
    • ‘It was featherless, but stood a foot tall on spindly jointed legs; its face was avian but - like the body - fat and dotted with patchy, moulting orange fur.’
    • ‘He was a rather thin, spindly boy with plain brown hair and plain brown eyes and plain, light brown skin.’
    • ‘A tall tech with spindly legs and oversized glasses shrieks as he starts to pick up the poor damaged piece of gadgetry like it's his own child.’
    • ‘William was a spindly, tall person with powdery white skin, and if Graham wasn't mistaken, black eyeliner.’
    tall, thin, skinny, lean, lanky, spare, gangling, gangly, scrawny, scraggy, bony, size-zero, raw-boned, gawky, rangy, angular
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    1. 1.1 (of a thing) thin and weak or insubstantial in construction.
      ‘spindly chairs’
      • ‘This usually results in tall, weak, and spindly plants which do not perform well in the garden.’
      • ‘The legs of the chair Kreutzer sits in are spindly.’
      • ‘If it does not receive some sun, it won't spread and looks thin and spindly.’
      • ‘The women cower behind the spindly couches and fragile chairs.’
      • ‘It had been a large house, with three stories and a tall, spindly tower on one end.’
      • ‘Aradia, Gwydion and Faunus were made to sit in three rickety and spindly chairs before the thirteen members of the Society of Sorcerers.’
      • ‘The oleanders have grown tall and spindly, and they have few blooms.’
      • ‘Quite ready for a lie-down, Jon sat in a large red chair next to a spindly little table.’
      • ‘Seeds are notoriously over-sown, producing far too many weak, spindly seedlings.’
      • ‘Infected tomato plant leaves become mottled and discolored and the stalks grow weak and spindly.’
      • ‘To unpack this, I would add that the color of ITC Garamond makes it weak and spindly on the page, something we really don't care for today.’
      • ‘Bailey captured them seated practically back to back on spindly gilt chairs at a fashion show, in an invisible yet palpable fog of unpleasantness.’
      • ‘I left the main thoroughfare outside Delhi and followed a narrow single track through an eerie forest of thin spindly trees, close enough together to blot out the sun.’
      • ‘There was a basketball hoop in the front, and a tall, spindly tree covered in Christmas lights overlooking the left side of the driveway.’
      • ‘Plants in fields with seeding rates above 150,000 seeds per acre in good environments may be tall, spindly, and more susceptible to lodging.’
      • ‘He swung open the door and saw a big giant sitting down on a spindly chair that Leon doubted could hold him up.’
      • ‘At seven I was still yawning and stretching, sitting on the spindly little chair in our entryway, my forehead leaning against the window view the front yard.’
      • ‘The rest of my clothes had been folded neatly onto a spindly chair in the corner of the room, but they too were in desperate need of a pressing.’
      • ‘As the shrub regrows, choose the strongest shoots and remove crowded, spindly, and weak ones.’
      • ‘When growing from seed, reduce crowding by pulling up weak, spindly sprouts to allow 2-to - 6 inches of space between them.’
      rickety, flimsy, wobbly, shaky, fragile, frail, insubstantial
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Pronunciation

spindly

/ˈspɪn(d)li//ˈspin(d)lē/