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
Examples of rawboned in a Sentence
He was tall and rawboned.
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Noy Thrupkaew, Washington Post, 21 Apr. 2021 Kirschling, a rawboned young man from Wisconsin, had written a master’s thesis at Columbia about long-term productivity decline in New York City’s mass transit.
William Finnegan, The New Yorker, 2 July 2018 Like so many in Lincoln Heights, this tiny, rawboned 89-year-old woman had lived through a time of gang violence, high crime and police oppression.
Brittny Mejia, Joe Mozingo, www.latimes.com, 3 Apr. 2018
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