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scrannel

[skran-l] /ˈskræn l/
adjective, Archaic.
1.
thin or slight.
2.
squeaky or unmelodious.
Origin
1630-1640
1630-40; origin uncertain
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British Dictionary definitions for scrannel

scrannel

/ˈskrænəl/
adjective (archaic)
1.
thin
2.
harsh
Word Origin
C17: probably from Norwegian skran lean. Compare scrawny
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Word Origin and History for scrannel
adj.

"thin, meager," 1630s; any modern use traces to Milton ("Lycidas," 124), who may have invented it out of dialectal scranny (see scrawny). Or it might be from a Scandinavian source akin to Norwegian skran "rubbish." Cf. English dialectal and Scottish skran "scraps, broken victuals; refuse," in military slang "food."

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