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lath +‎ -y


lathy (comparative lathier, superlative lathiest)

  1. (archaic) Like a lath; long and slender.
    • 1854, William Harrison Ainsworth, The Lancashire Witches[1]:
      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[2]:
      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[3]:
      '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 []