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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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Some are skinny and super snakelike, while others are chunks,with bulky, legless frames. Washington Post, "These lizards lost their legs, but don’t call them snakes," 20 Dec. 2020 According to a study published in Extreme Physiology & Medicine, a cold-water swimmer can be big and fast, big and slow, or even skinny and fast. Cody Cassidy, Wired, "How to Escape a Sinking Ship (Like, Say, the Titanic)," 30 Oct. 2020 Austin was a disaster and looked like one, too — skinny and ragged., "In darkness of pandemic, Wyandotte man's drug addiction got worse — and then deadly," 25 Oct. 2020 A few minutes later, Calandra, a skinny kid with sagging jeans and tousled hair, arrived with four friends from the senior class. Charles Bethea, The New Yorker, "Asking All Georgians: Are You Seventeen and a Half?," 14 Dec. 2020 The 6-foot-2 Culp was taller than James, who looked like a skinny junior-high kid. Terry Pluto, cleveland, "Three teams and four titles later, remembering LeBron James as ‘A Kid from Akron’ – Terry Pluto," 18 Oct. 2020 The suspect with the baseball bat was described as about 6 feet 3 inches tall and skinny. Bob Sandrick, cleveland, "Man robbed at gunpoint in Berea driveway," 25 Nov. 2020 Most Android phones are tall and skinny, so apps like the Play Store use a layout that sucks up a lot vertical height with things like full-width search bars and two rows of navigational tabs. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Surface Duo review—Orphaned Windows hardware makes a poor Android device," 16 Oct. 2020 He is described as Hispanic, skinny and around 5 feet, 6 inches in height. Andrew Dyer, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Police searching for Otay Mesa 7-11 robbery suspect," 4 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Up next: at Wisconsin 3 p.m. Saturday, Camp Randall Stadium • BTN (100.3-FM) The skinny: Take 2 on the Border Battle after the Gophers canceled the original Nov. 28 game because of their COVID-19 outbreak. Star Tribune, "Gophers football replay: Gophers 24, Nebraska 17," 13 Dec. 2020 Unlike Senate Republican's $500 billion 'skinny' package, the HEROES Act would send Americans another $1,200 stimulus check. Anne Sraders, Fortune, "Stimulus update: McConnell and Schumer discuss averting a shutdown and economic aid," 20 Nov. 2020 Here’s the skinny of that IPO, likely to list sometime in December. Lucinda Shen, Fortune, "Everything to know about Airbnb’s IPO," 17 Nov. 2020 The skinny: Austin is seeking its first playoff victory since moving up to 7A. Reports, al, "5 first-round playoff games to watch in the Huntsville region," 3 Nov. 2020 Photographer Jan Schrieber does it all the tine, and guests on Talking Tech for the skinny. Jefferson Graham, USA TODAY, "Cut the cord for $10 monthly, but what's the catch?," 31 Oct. 2020 The skinny: This game will decide the Region 1 champion. Ben Thomas |, al, "5 high school games to Watch in Coastal Alabama in Week 10," 20 Oct. 2020 Here, lifestyle blogger Julie Blanner created a delicate skinny tree, dressing it simply in garland for a look that lets the beauty of the tree itself shine through. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "These Sparse Christmas Trees Will Make You Reconsider Your Full Ones," 16 Oct. 2020 Holding a throwback skinny microphone, Poindexter wears a wig, polka-dot shirt and suspenders that hold up sharply pleated and slightly flared pants. David Lindquist, The Indianapolis Star, "Retro-themed music video is step forward for Poindexter and director Jake Huber," 27 Aug. 2020

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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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11 Jan 2021

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“Skinny.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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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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