What does lank mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. lankadjective

    long and thin and often limp

    "grown lank with fasting"; "lank mousy hair"

  2. lank, spindlyadjective

    long and lean


  1. lankverb

    To become lank; to make lank.

  2. lankadjective

    Slender or thin; not well filled out; not plump; shrunken; lean.

  3. lankadjective

    (of hair) Straight and flat; thin and limp. (often associated with being greasy)

  4. lankadjective

    languid; drooping.

  5. Etymology: hlanc; confer German lenken, gelenk, Old High German hlanca, and English link (of a chain).

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. LANKadjective

    Etymology: lancke, Dutch.

    The commons hast thou rack’d; the clergy’s bags
    Are lank and lean with thy extortions. William Shakespeare.

    Name not Winterface, whose skin’s slack,
    Lank, as an unthrift’s purse. John Donne.

    We let down into the receiver a great bladder well tied at the neck, but very lank, as not containing above a pint of air, but capable of containing ten times as much. Boyle.

    Moist earth produces corn and grass, but both
    Too rank and too luxuriant in their growth.
    Let not my land so large a promise boast,
    Lest the lank ears in length of stem be lost. Dryden.

    Now, now my bearded harvest gilds the plain.
    Thus dreams the wretch, and vainly thus dreams on,
    Till his lank purse declares his money gone. Dryden.

    Meagre and lank with fasting grown,
    And nothing left but skin and bone;
    They just keep life and soul together. Jonathan Swift.

    He, piteous of her woes, rear’d her lank head,
    And gave her to his daughters to imbathe
    In nectar’d lavers strew’d with asphodil. John Milton.


  1. lank

    Lank generally refers to something long, thin, and often lean or sparse in appearance. It can refer to hair, body stature, or even vegetation. For example, lank hair refers to long, straight, and limp hair, while a person described as lank would typically be tall, thin, and possibly lacking muscularity or fullness.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Lank

    slender and thin; not well filled out; not plump; shrunken; lean

  2. Lank

    languid; drooping

  3. Lank

    to become lank; to make lank

  4. Etymology: [AS. hlanc; cf. G. lenken to turn, gelenk joint, OHG. hlanca hip, side, flank, and E. link of a chain.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Lank

    langk, adj. languid or drooping: soft or loose: thin: shrunken: straight and flat.—v.i. (Shak.) to become lank.—adv. Lank′ly.—n. Lank′ness.—adj. Lank′y, lank and tall. [A.S. hlanc; Dut. slank, Ger. schlank, slender.]

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. LANK

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Lank is ranked #30339 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Lank surname appeared 771 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Lank.

    92.8% or 716 total occurrences were White.
    3.3% or 26 total occurrences were Black.
    1.4% or 11 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.3% or 10 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of lank in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of lank in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

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