skin·​ny | \ ˈski-nē How to pronounce skinny (audio) \
skinnier; skinniest

Definition of skinny

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : resembling skin : membranous
2a : lacking sufficient flesh : very thin : emaciated
b : lacking usual or desirable bulk, quantity, qualities, or significance
3 of clothes : fitting very close to the body : very tight skinny jeans
4 : made with skim milk a skinny latte



Definition of skinny (Entry 2 of 2)

: inside information : dope the straight skinny on what's going on— John Geary

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skinniness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for skinny

Synonyms: Adjective

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Adjective

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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 skinny in a Sentence

Adjective the tree swing was supported only by a couple of skinny branches her grandmother was always insisting that she was too skinny and never tired of trying to force more food on her Noun a TV show that offers all the skinny on Tinseltown and the stars that light it up
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First Known Use of skinny


circa 1541, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1938, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for skinny


perhaps from skin entry 1 + -y entry 4

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The first known use of skinny was circa 1541

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23 Mar 2020

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“Skinny.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Mar. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of skinny

informal : very thin or too thin


skin·​ny | \ ˈski-nē How to pronounce skinny (audio) \
skinnier; skinniest

Kids Definition of skinny

: very thin skinny legs

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