• WordNet 3.6
    • adj rangy allowing ample room for ranging
    • adj rangy adapted to wandering or roaming
    • adj rangy tall and thin and having long slender limbs "a gangling teenager","a lanky kid transformed almost overnight into a handsome young man"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Rangy Inclined or able to range, or rove about, for considerable distances; apt or suited for much roving, -- chiefly used of cattle.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • rangy In stock-breeding, adapted for ranging or running about, or indicating such adaptation; quick or easy in movement; of roving character or capability: as, a rangy yoke of oxen (that is, good travelers, capable of making good speed, as in plowing); rangy steers (that is, steers disposed to wander away to a distance, as on a stock-range). The word is also sometimes applied to a roving person, as a lad who wanders from home, or who has a predilection for a roving life, as that of a sailor.
    • rangy Having or permitting range or scope; roomy: commodious.
    • rangy Said of an animal, especially a cow, which has a long and small barrel or body and narrow hind quarters, with unusual space between the front and hind legs. A rangy cow may be good for beef, but is poor for dairy purposes.
    • rangy Mountainous.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Rangy disposed to roam: roomy
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From Range (v. i.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. ranger, to range—rang, a rank.


In literature:

Mine is the rangy girl with the red topknot.
"Riders of the Silences" by John Frederick
She's a long-waisted, rangy young party, who walks with a Theda Bara slouch and tries to talk out of one side of her mouth.
"The House of Torchy" by Sewell Ford
The sheriff, tall and rangy, showed little interest in the affair.
"The Boy with the U. S. Weather Men" by Francis William Rolt-Wheeler
The husky is a long, rangy dog, with more body and longer legs than the malamute and with a shorter coat.
"Ten Thousand Miles with a Dog Sled" by Hudson Stuck
The tote-road is well broken, and forty miles traveling light with that rangy team is not such an awful pull.
"The Promise" by James B. Hendryx
Smuts is essentially an out-of-doors person and his body is wiry and rangy.
"An African Adventure" by Isaac F. Marcosson
The man was big and rangy, probably less heavy by thirty pounds than Liu Taunus, but in perfect physical condition.
"The Star Hyacinths" by James H. Schmitz
They were young men, rangy in build, lean and hard from life in the saddle, bronzed like Indians, still-faced, and keen-eyed.
"The Boy Scouts Book of Campfire Stories" by Various
The guest of the boss was a big rangy fellow in the early forties.
"The Fighting Edge" by William MacLeod Raine
By the light of the fire the ranchers saw a tall, rangy cowboy of about forty.
"The Boy Ranchers on Roaring River" by Willard F. Baker

In news:

Exchange Rate is a rangy gray stallion who spends his work days in both Kentucky at Three Chimneys Farm and in Argentina.
Tommy Gainey looked like an Irish fighter from a century before – wavy blond hair, rangy but stout of chest.
We gathered on the shady grass patio of El Mirador Estate, 10 to a table under a canopy of rangy palms and oaks.
In the author's photograph on the dust jacket of the 1972 novel "The Stones of Summer," Dow Mossman is lean and rangy with a defiant mustache and a look of conviction.
He's a tall, rangy guy who, when he connects, is capable of hitting the ball to places few players can reach.
Berdych is just 27, but it seems like we've been waiting forever for this rangy and mobile baseliner to crack the Grand Slam code.
Exchange Rate is a rangy gray stallion who spends his work days in both Kentucky at Three Chimneys Farm and in Argentina.
Munoz, 43, and his multinational seven-man crew hope to reach Colombia's Caribbean coast on the 20-m (65-foot) Mata Rangi III.
Butterfly bush often becomes lank and rangy unless pruned severely, and in Zone 5, it often suffers winter dieback.