Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Like a lath; long and slender.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Like a lath; long and slender.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Long and slender, like a lath.

Etymologies

lath +‎ -y (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Chun's rotund lines seemed to modify papa Ah Chun's lean angles, so that the daughters were willowy without being lathy, round-muscled without being chubby.

    Chun Ah Chun

  • His figure was gaunt and lathy, his visage marked by two or three ill favoured scars, and the whole man had much the air of one accustomed to say, “Stand and deliver,” to a true man.

    The Fair Maid of Perth

  • Police done lathy charge, thrown grenades and applied tear gas to bring the situation under control.

    Protesting Kerala Students Accuse Police of Brutality

  • Two points in his person interfered with the rules of symmetry; his shoulders were so broad in proportion to his height, as, notwithstanding the lean and lathy appearance of his frame, gave him something the air of being too square in respect to his stature; and his arms, though round, sinewy, and strong, were so very long as to be rather a deformity.

    Rob Roy

  • Three or four hardy-looking fellows, policemen, were gliding about in their blue coats and leather hats, holding their thin walking-sticks behind them; conspicuous amongst whom was the leader, a tall lathy North Briton with a keen eye and hard features.

    Wild Wales : Its People, Language and Scenery

  • The man was somewhat younger, but of a figure equally wild; his frame was long and lathy, but his arms were remarkably short, his neck was rather bent, he squinted slightly, and his mouth was much awry; his complexion was dark, but, unlike that of the woman, was more ruddy than livid; there was

    Lavengro

  • But David Ramsay never failed, at the same time, to draw up his own tall, thin, lathy skeleton, extend his lean jaws into an alarming grin, and indicate, by a nod of his yard-long visage, and a twinkle of his little grey eye, that there might be more faces in Fleet Street worth looking at than those of

    The Fortunes of Nigel

  • The "chase" was inevitably one thing that must be reconstructed from its origins; and the Duke selected for his own mount a lathy horse, all legs and length, all speed, no strength:

    Browning's Heroines

  • The Hanlons, in particular, were fine lathy men, without an ounce of spare flesh, but they had sinews of iron.

    The Life Story of an Old Rebel

  • Wy, I knowed a long lathy-limbed josser as felt up to champion form.

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 102, May 7, 1892

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  • lathlike; long and thin

    August 16, 2008