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

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 My father did not fail to mention that all the hysteria reminded him of a skinny Italian American singer from Hoboken. David Remnick, The New Yorker, 11 Oct. 2021 My studio had a pair of skinny windows that faced onto a noisy gas station and body shop, but Celeste’s unit received bright southeastern sun and opened directly into a secret garden. Bon Appétit, 8 Oct. 2021 And how can having someone prod your body with skinny needles relieve aches, pains or horrible hay fever? Washington Post, 4 Oct. 2021 Those musicians gave Alfred, who was a skinny child, his nickname, Pee Wee., 28 Sep. 2021 However, despite a live rear axle, skinny Michelin tires and complete lack of driver aids, this car has a chassis that quickly breeds confidence. Tim Pitt, Robb Report, 28 Sep. 2021 Residents there argue that the skinny eight-story structure — the lot is 25 feet wide and 120 feet deep — would wipe out the light and air for residents on the lower floors. J.k. Dineen, San Francisco Chronicle, 28 Sep. 2021 Those musicians gave Alfred, who was a skinny child, his nickname, Pee Wee. New York Times, 27 Sep. 2021 Eagles quarterback Richard Lopez tossed his second touchdown of the game on a skinny post route run by Marcquise Anthony, who blew by the Bulldog safeties and made the wide-open catch, jogging the rest of the way for a 58-yard touchdown. Zach Mason, San Antonio Express-News, 24 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Straight-leg, skinny, and boyfriend jeans are mainstay silhouettes in most denim wardrobes. Laura Lajiness, Vogue, 2 July 2021 Frail and skinny, Patole will have to muster all her strength to survive her first season on the sugar cane fields. Los Angeles Times, 14 Sep. 2021 The skinny: Both teams opened 1-0 in Class 7A, Region 1 play last week. Ben Thomas |, al, 31 Aug. 2021 Lewisville PD and City Manager Johnny Sartain attempted to contain the skinny-dippers to a cove that wasn’t immediately visible from the main camping site. Dallas News, 26 Aug. 2021 The skinny: There is a lot to like about Seager beyond just the raw offense. Evan Grant, Dallas News, 13 Sep. 2021 The skinny: This is the Class 6A, Region 1 opener for both teams. Ben Thomas |, al, 31 Aug. 2021 Earlier this month, the Carnival Row star shared several photographs from his skinny-dipping adventure at a lake. Gabrielle Chung,, 27 Aug. 2021 Take the name: The skinny in Skinnygirl is not a stigma-free term. Jessica M. Goldstein, Marie Claire, 19 Apr. 2021

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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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skinning loam



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14 Oct 2021

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“Skinny.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of skinny

: 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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