scraw·​ny | \ ˈskrȯ-nē How to pronounce scrawny (audio) \
scrawnier; scrawniest

Definition of scrawny

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

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scrawniness noun

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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 scrawny in a Sentence

The only plants in their yard were a couple of scrawny bushes.
Recent Examples on the Web One day, the scrawny Jack Russell terrier mix came to the Center Point neighborhood and hid under a car. Ivana Hrynkiw |, al, "How one dog changed Birmingham man’s life: ‘I think he was sent for a reason’," 7 Sep. 2020 One night in 1990, Lee allowed a scrawny blonde 13-year-old from Shreveport to sit in with the band at the Absinthe Bar. Keith Spera,, "Blues guitarist Bryan Lee, a mainstay of Bourbon Street's Absinthe Bar, has died at age 77," 2 Sep. 2020 At 16, Sam is tall for his age and his scrawny frame has about 50 pounds on me. Sarah Evans, Longreads, "Addiction’s Seismic Effects on a Family," 10 Aug. 2020 In contrast, juvenile North Atlantic right whales were found to be significantly scrawnier than their southern cousins. Brian J. Skerry, National Geographic, "CREATE A FREE NAT GEO ACCOUNT TO CONTINUE READING," 20 May 2020 There is little lush vegetation, primarily scrawny divi divi trees, thorn-laden bushes and spiky cactus. Chuck Yarborough, cleveland, "Bonaire: A diver’s paradise where the massive coral reef teems with sea life and beauty," 12 Apr. 2020 Few Blazers have excelled through as many detractors as the scrawny kid from Ohio who could only muster a mid-major college scholarship. Joe Freeman, oregonlive, "Trail Blazers classics: CJ McCollum roasts Denver Nuggets on Mother’s Day, pushing Portland to Western Conference finals," 30 Mar. 2020 After several sharp blows to the head during a Thai boxing bout in 2018, the scrawny 13-year-old fell to the floor, unconscious. The Economist, "Muay too young Despite a tragedy, children continue to compete in Thai boxing bouts," 1 Feb. 2020 Tailgating is no longer the home of cold, waxy pizza and scrawny wings swimming in cold grease. The Editors, Field & Stream, "Three Great Gifts for Tailgating Fans," 20 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of scrawny

1833, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for scrawny

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The first known use of scrawny was in 1833

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14 Sep 2020

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“Scrawny.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of scrawny

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


scraw·​ny | \ ˈskrȯ-nē How to pronounce scrawny (audio) \
scrawnier; scrawniest

Kids Definition of scrawny

: poorly nourished : skinny a scrawny cat

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