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A.Word.A.Day--rangy

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This week's theme: words to describe people.

rangy (RAYN-jee) adjective

1. Slim and long-limbed.

2. Inclined to roaming.

[From Middle English range (row), from Old French rangier (to arrange). Ultimately from Indo-European root sker- (to turn or bend), the source of ranch, rank, shrink, circle, crisp, search, ring, curb, ridge, and curve.]

See more usage examples of rangy in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

-Anu Garg (garg AT wordsmith.org)

"[Philip] Pullman is a rangy, spirited man in his fifties with a bristling fringe of gray hair; at times, he resembles an intelligent and amused stork." Laura Miller; Far From Narnia; The New Yorker; Dec 26, 2005.

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