- (archaic) Like a lath; long and slender.
- 1854, William Harrison Ainsworth, The Lancashire Witches:
- In this way he was dragged out; and as he crept up the bank, with the wet pouring from his apparel, which now clung tightly to his lathy limbs, he was greeted by the jeers of Nicholas.
- 1911, Hamilton Drummond, The Justice of the King:
- And little lathy Charles with his long, narrow white face and obstinate chin, is no A B C of a boy.
- 1917, Rudyard Kipling, A Diversity of Creatures:
- 'Twas just a bit o' lathy old plank which Jim had throwed acrost the brook for his own conveniences.
- 2013, Philipp Meyer, The Son, Simon & Schuster 2014, p. 25:
- This one was tall and stocky, with a square head and fat nose; he looked more like a Negro than a lathy starving Indian […]