scrawny

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adjective scraw·ny \ˈskrȯ-nē\

Definition of scrawny

scrawnier

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scrawniest

  1. :  exceptionally thin and slight or meager in body or size scrawny scrub cattle

scrawniness

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Examples of scrawny in a Sentence

  1. The only plants in their yard were a couple of scrawny bushes.

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Origin and Etymology of scrawny

origin unknown


First Known Use: 1833

Synonym Discussion of scrawny

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

SCRAWNY Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of scrawny for English Language Learners

  • : very thin in a way that is not attractive or healthy


SCRAWNY Defined for Kids

scrawny

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adjective scraw·ny \ˈskrȯ-nē\

Definition of scrawny for Students

scrawnier

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scrawniest

  1. :  poorly nourished :  skinny a scrawny cat



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