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English definition of “gangly”


adjective     /ˈɡæŋ.ɡli/ (also gangling,   /ˈɡæŋ.ɡlɪŋ/   )
describes someone, usually a boy or young man, who is very tall and thin and moves awkwardly : a gangly youth Thin or slender (of people)Not fit and healthyNarrow and thin
(Definition of gangly adjective from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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