adjective skin·ny \ˈski-nē\

: very thin or too thin


Full Definition of SKINNY

:  resembling skin :  membranous
a :  lacking sufficient flesh :  very thin :  emaciated
b :  lacking usual or desirable bulk, quantity, qualities, or significance
skin·ni·ness noun

Examples of SKINNY

  1. <the tree swing was supported only by a couple of skinny branches>
  2. <her grandmother was always insisting that she was too skinny and never tired of trying to force more food on her>

First Known Use of SKINNY


Synonym Discussion of SKINNY

lean, spare, lank, lanky, gaunt, rawboned, scrawny, skinny mean thin because of an absence of excess flesh. lean stresses lack of fat and of curving contours <a lean racehorse>. spare suggests leanness from abstemious living or constant exercise <the gymnast's spare figure>. lank implies tallness as well as leanness <the lank legs of the heron>. lanky suggests awkwardness and loose-jointedness as well as thinness <a lanky youth, all arms and legs>. gaunt implies marked thinness or emaciation as from overwork or suffering <a prisoner's gaunt face>. rawboned suggests a large ungainly build without implying undernourishment <a rawboned farmer>. scrawny and skinny imply an extreme leanness that suggests deficient strength and vitality <a scrawny chicken> <skinny street urchins>.



Definition of SKINNY

:  inside information :  dope <the straight skinny on what's going on — John Geary>

Examples of SKINNY

  1. <a TV show that offers all the skinny on Tinseltown and the stars that light it up>

Origin of SKINNY

perhaps from 1skin + 4-y
First Known Use: 1938

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Rhymes with SKINNY

SKINNINESS Defined for Kids


adjective skin·ny \ˈski-nē\

Definition of SKINNY for Kids

:  very thin <skinny legs>


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