scrannel

scrannel

[skran-l]
adjective Archaic.
1.
thin or slight.
2.
squeaky or unmelodious.

Origin:
1630–40; origin uncertain

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scrannel (ˈskrænəl)
 
adj
1.  thin
2.  harsh
 
[C17: probably from Norwegian skran lean. Compare scrawny]

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scrannel
"thin, meager," 1637; any modern use traces to John Milton ("Lycidas," 124), who may have invented it from dial. scranny (see scrawny). Or from a Scand. source akin to Norw. skran "rubbish."
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