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 The costumes were monochromatic and modern, featuring sweatshirts and skinny pants in an edgy commentary on modern fashion. Kathryn Gregory, The Courier-Journal, "I don't know how to love 'Jesus Christ Superstar' any more after this stellar production," 8 Jan. 2020 Portia de Rossi looked sharp in a CELINE by Hedi Slimane ensemble, complete with a skinny tie and pumps. Sara M Moniuszko, USA TODAY, "Best dressed at the Golden Globes: Taylor Swift, Nicole Kidman and more stars stun," 6 Jan. 2020 Buy now: Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask ($18.40) A Tie Bar skinny knit tie While a gift that’s rarely asked for, a good tie is something that helps fill a hole in most wardrobes. Cady Lang, Time, "The 20 Best Holiday Gifts Under $50," 19 Dec. 2019 Booting up a computer attached to the roaster, Vega looks sort of like a ’60s NASA technician, sans the skinny tie and crew cut. Jeff Csatari, Popular Mechanics, "How a New York City Roaster Is Putting Nicaraguan Coffee on the Map," 5 Dec. 2019 But its portfolio managers, who tend to wear dark suits and skinny ties, were not used to dealing with sneaker- and leather-jacket-wearing musicians and managers for whom business is often personal. New York Times, "How Taylor Swift Dragged Private Equity Into Her Fight Over Music Rights," 24 Nov. 2019 His crisp white shirt contrasted the skinny black tie and cropped black pants that tapered down to his black boots. Los Angeles Times, "‘Queer Eye’ stars bring designer looks and arresting style to the Emmys," 22 Sep. 2019 Andrew McMahon in the inflatable unicorn Decked out in maroon pants, gold sunglasses and a skinny tie, Andrew McMahon took over the Sunset Cliffs stage under the afternoon sun. Taylor Mims, Billboard, "KAABOO Music Festival Day One Highlights: Maren Morris Gets Personal, Boyz II Men Get Nostalgic and More," 14 Sep. 2019 From the menswear brand's Winter 2019 collection, the monochrome look consisted of a double-breasted jacket over a matching shirt, skinny tie, and trousers. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Zendaya Rocked a Suit and Tie at BAZAAR ICONS," 7 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In the first of two Giants Splash podcasts with Kyle Haines, the farm director provides the skinny on the minor-leaguers coming to camp who are on the 40-man roster. Henry Schulman,, "Giants Splash podcast: Farm director Kyle Haines talks spring-training prospects," 10 Jan. 2020 The skinny on the science is this: Everyone has two copies of the taste gene TAS2R38., "Hating vegetables could be in your genes, study shows," 4 Dec. 2019 Wong, who rose to international fame as a skinny, bespectacled, teen-age figurehead of Hong Kong’s 2014 Umbrella Movement, spent the first weeks of summer serving a prison sentence for earlier acts of civil disobedience. Megan K. Stack, The New Yorker, "Joshua Wong’s Long Campaign for the Future of Hong Kong," 23 Oct. 2019 Where: Magnolia Records: LSA 3-1, MLP 1-3 The skinny: The Pioneers look to continue their non-district roll in another challenging road game for Lutheran South Academy. Houston Chronicle, "Football: This week’s area high school game previews," 26 Sep. 2019 Craft Brews at the Zoo When: June 15-16 Where: Lincoln Park How much: $20-$79 The skinny: Go wild at Lincoln Park Zoo with a selection of more than 120 brews to choose from. Hannah Steinkopf-frank, RedEye Chicago, "Chicago festivals this week: Craft Brews at the Zoo, Pride Fest, Puerto Rican People's Parade," 13 June 2018 Here’s the skinny, in order of debut: Death & Co’s Holiday Suite Nov. 21-Dec. Josie Sexton, The Know, "Everything you need to know about Denver’s Christmas pop-up bars," 19 Nov. 2019 Hues fade in and out of focus (brights and beiges alike took on starring roles in the Spring 2020 collections) and denim cuts can shift, seemingly spur of the moment, from stovepipe skinnies to wide-leg trousers. Vogue, "Not All Vitamins Are Created Equal," 12 Nov. 2019 Amour Vert’s jumpsuit is 100 percent silk and comes with short flutter sleeves, wide legs, and a removable skinny tie at the waist and a keyhole opening at the back. Shauna Beni, Condé Nast Traveler, "7 Jumpsuits to Pack for Your Next Trip," 1 Nov. 2019

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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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13 Jan 2020

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“Skinny.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 24 January 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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