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skinny

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adjective skin·ny \ˈski-nē\

Simple Definition of skinny

  • : very thin or too thin

Full Definition of skinny

skin·ni·erskin·ni·est

  1. 1 :  resembling skin :  membranous

  2. 2a :  lacking sufficient flesh :  very thin :  emaciatedb :  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>



1573

First Known Use of skinny

1573

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>.

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skinny

noun skin·ny

Definition of skinny

slang

  1. :  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



SKINNY Defined for Kids

skinny

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adjective skin·ny \ˈski-nē\

Definition of skinny

skin·ni·erskin·ni·est

  1. :  very thin <skinny legs>





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