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1 being of less than usual width
  • the tree swing was supported only by a couple of skinny branches

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2 having a noticeably small amount of body fat
  • 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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Synonyms & Antonyms of skinny (Entry 2 of 2)

information not generally available to the public
  • a TV show that offers all the skinny on Tinseltown and the stars that light it up

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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

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The first known use of skinny was circa 1541

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“Skinny.” The Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 20 January 2020.

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