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skinny

adjective skin·ny \ ˈski-nē \
Updated on: 12 Nov 2017

Definition of skinny

skinnier; skinniest
1 :resembling skin :membranous
2 a :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

skinniness

noun

Examples of skinny in a Sentence

  1. the tree swing was supported only by a couple of skinny branches

  2. her grandmother was always insisting that she was too skinny and never tired of trying to force more food on her

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First Known Use of skinny

circa 1541

Synonym Discussion of skinny

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

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skinny

noun

Definition of skinny

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

Examples of skinny in a Sentence

  1. a TV show that offers all the skinny on Tinseltown and the stars that light it up

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Origin and Etymology of skinny

perhaps from 1skin + 4-y

skinny Synonyms

Synonyms
book, 411 [slang], inside, lowdown, poop [slang], scoop, dope [slang], tip
Related Words
dirt, dish, gossip, rumor, story; hint, pointer; information, intelligence, news, tidings, word
Near Antonyms
ancient history, open secret


SKINNY Defined for English Language Learners

skinny

adjective

Definition of skinny for English Language Learners

  • : very thin or too thin


SKINNY Defined for Kids

skinny

adjective skin·ny \ ˈski-nē \

Definition of skinny for Students

skinnier; skinniest
:very thin
  • skinny legs


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