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verb intransitive & transitive
  1. To become lank; to make lank.
adjective (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 w:Cormac McCarthy?, McCarthy?, w:Blood Meridian, Blood Meridian, chapter 1.
    • Languid; drooping.Obs.
    • Who, piteous of her woes, reared her head. - Milton
    • Lank hair, long, thin hair. - Macaulay

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