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

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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 result of Tuesday’s game — the Warriors lost 115-104 to the 76ers — paled in importance to honoring the skinny kid from Lower Merion High School who long took pride in his Pennsylvania roots. Connor Letourneau,, "Warriors fall to 76ers in Philadelphia’s first NBA game since Kobe Bryant’s death," 28 Jan. 2020 She had been abandoned by somebody, had a bad leg and was limping around, and was also quite skinny. Chad Pariano, cleveland, "Kitty the cat picked a good home: Send us your pet rescue stories," 16 Jan. 2020 Data hoarders, rejoice: At CES, WD showed off an 8TB prototype SSD that can slip into the pocket of your skinny jeans. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "WD's prototype portable SSD drive puts 8TB in your pocket," 8 Jan. 2020 Adam sat in the middle, looking tired and bored in his white t-shirt and skinny jeans. Deena Elgenaidi, Longreads, "Infatuation," 7 Jan. 2020 Men’s fashion going into the 2020s still looks a lot like the sartorial stuff of a century ago, minus the sneaker culture and skinny jeans. René A. Guzman,, "Happy New Year. Welcome to the new Roaring ’20s!," 1 Jan. 2020 Here, in this museum of comic strips and satirical sketches, Fielding’s trademark mullet, eyeliner and skinny jeans wouldn’t look out of place on the walls. New York Times, "How Noel Fielding Went From a Hedonist to a Host of ‘The Great British Baking Show’," 16 Oct. 2019 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Here is the skinny on the two-year deal that brings offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead to the Ducks. oregonlive, "Mouse Davis revolutionized college football with his Run 'n Shoot offense: Issues & Answers," 23 Jan. 2020 Healthy is the new skinny': Oprah and WW kick off 'Oprah’s 2020 Vision' tour with Lady Gaga Nick Jonas' dog @ginothegerman The Jonas clan welcomed another four-legged family member in November. Erin Jensen, USA TODAY, "Lady Gaga, Mark Wahlberg, Nick Jonas and more celebs have paw-some dog Instagrams to follow," 13 Jan. 2020 Sign them up for a sock box ($45 for six total pairs; or $89 for 12 pairs), six to 12 bow ties ($99 and $199), or six or 12 months of their best-selling skinny, neck or extra-long ties. NBC News, "17 best subscription boxes everyone on your list will love," 18 Dec. 2018 Upgrade your basic jeans with a coated pair of skinnies! Kara Mcgrath, Seventeen, "Style Advice," 13 Dec. 2013 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

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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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10 Feb 2020

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“Skinny.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 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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