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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Other Words from skinny


skinniness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for skinny

Synonyms: Adjective

fine, hairline, narrow, needlelike, paper-thin, slender, slim, slim-jim, thin, ultrathin

Synonyms: Noun

411 [slang], book, dope, inside, lowdown, poop [slang], scoop, tip

Antonyms: Adjective

broad, fat, wide

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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


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


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

With skinny jeans and straight, blond hair, the 18-year-old cheerleader and Beta Club member jokes with classmates, each of the teens eager for the final day of school. Mandy Mclaren, The Courier-Journal, "'We really did it': JCPS' Class of 2019 relied on teacher support to overcome challenges," 4 June 2019 In keeping with her characteristic all-black, moto-goth look, Dalle wore a leather jacket, black T-shirt, skinny jeans, and uber high stomper-platform boots. Vogue, "At 54, Beatrice Dalle Is France’s Biggest Red Carpet Rebel," 20 May 2019 For the occasion, Kate wore a red, double-breasted blazer from the brand Philosophy, paired with a turtleneck, skinny jeans, and heeled booties. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Kate Middleton Wears a Red Blazer and Jeans During a Visit to North Wales," 8 May 2019 The pregnant Duchess looked cool and casual in blue skinny jeans, a retro Sixteen Candles tee, and Harry’s own oversized khaki jacket. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle Has Started Wearing Prince Harry's Clothes Over Her Baby Bump," 2 Apr. 2019 Saudi baristas wearing skinny jeans whipped up lattes while up-tempo music played and men and women mingled freely. Donna Abdulaziz, WSJ, "New Social Rules Leave Saudis Confused About How to Behave," 31 Mar. 2019 Elegant skinny strips of tube lights ran down the center of tables in lieu of candles; overhead a dazzling, dangly light fixture subtly shifted colors from red to blue to soft yellow, bathing the cavernous space in a rotating color. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "Inside Pioneer Works's 6th Annual Village Fete," 5 May 2019 Meanwhile, more and more social media influencers were peddling skinny camouflage pants on Claire Gibson, Marie Claire, "Why My Relationship With Camo Print Is Messy," 29 Apr. 2019 Her day-to-day looks often include jeans, ranging from skinny to more relaxed fits. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Katie Holmes’s Radical Mom Jeans Are a Revelation," 22 Apr. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Her skin was bluish-purple and her partially naked body skinny from the advanced effects of starvation. Christopher Harress |,, "Baldwin County father indicted in starvation death of 13-month-old daughter wants bond reduced," 10 June 2019 This, after all, is the guy who invented the skinny suit at Dior, and made the off-duty rock star T-shirt-and-skinny-jeans-and-Chelsea-boots look available to regular dudes. Sam Schube, GQ, "Hedi Slimane Is Heading to Céline," 21 Jan. 2018 The skinny: JR Smith is averaging 10 points and 1.3 steals and shooting .410 from 3-point range in the playoffs., "Do the Celtics have or need an answer for LeBron James? Eastern Conference finals matchups and predictions," 11 May 2018 The skinny: Barbecue and country music go hand in hand in the summer. Hannah Steinkopf-frank, RedEye Chicago, "Chicago festivals this week: Southport Arts Festival, Chinatown Summer Fair, Rhythm World," 11 July 2018 The skinny: Mexico goes to Russia with the best team in its history, one thick with talent, experience and 13 players off the rosters of top European clubs. Kevin Baxter,, "Injuries leave questions for Germany, Mexico in World Cup Group F qualifying," 9 June 2018 Some are short, some are tall, some are skinny, some are voluptuous, everything. Tiffany Dodson, SELF, "Sofía Vergara Just Launched a Denim Line in Sizes 0 through 20—and Everything Is $40 and Under," 6 Feb. 2019 Shop the look: Iro Ava Boots, $1,090 $763, Shopbop Here's a winter outfit formula that never, ever fails: a striped sweater plus light-wash skinny jeans plus black suede boots. Avery Matera, Glamour, "17 Ways to Wear Thigh-High Boots This Winter," 11 Jan. 2019 The skinny: Bryant played quarterback only as a senior, completing 218-of-312 passes for 3,121 yards with 29 touchdowns and only four interceptions., "Who's the best Mr. Football? Ranking all winners since award's inception in 1982," 14 Jan. 2018

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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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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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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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