Definition of scrawny
: exceptionally thin and slight or meager in body or size scrawny scrub cattle
Examples of scrawny in a Sentence
The only plants in their yard were a couple of scrawny bushes.
Recent Examples of scrawny from the Web
At a frankfurter eating contest in New York, a 131-pound Japanese man inhaled a record 50 hot dogs in just 12 minutes, leaving competitors with their jaws agape: Takeru Kobayashi, at a scrawny 5-foot-7, had doubled the old record of 25.
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Origin and Etymology of scrawny
First Known Use: 1833
Synonym Discussion of scrawny
SCRAWNY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of scrawny for English Language Learners
: very thin in a way that is not attractive or healthy
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