adjective, rang·i·er, rang·i·est.
- (of animals or people) slender and long-limbed.
- given to or fitted for ranging or moving about, as animals.
adjective rangier or rangiest
- (of animals or people) having long slender limbs
- adapted to wandering or roaming
- allowing considerable freedom of movement; spacious; roomy
“having a long, slender form” (as an animal suited to ranging), 1845, from range (v.) + -y (2). Also “adapted for ranging” (1868). Of landscapes, “hilly,” 1862, Australian English. Related: Ranginess.
As a rule, we hold that the Jersey should be “growthy,” deep-flanked, and loose-jointed, and should have, generally, the characteristics which farmers know as “rangy.” [“American Agriculturalist,” November 1876]