- (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 […]