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scrawny

[skraw-nee] /ˈskrɔ ni/
adjective, scrawnier, scrawniest.
1.
excessively thin; lean; scraggy:
a long, scrawny neck.
Origin
1825-1835
1825-35, Americanism; variant of dial. scranny < Norwegian skran lean + -y1
Related forms
scrawnily, adverb
scrawniness, noun
Synonyms
gaunt, emaciated.
Antonyms
fleshy, plump.
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British Dictionary definitions for scrawnily

scrawny

/ˈskrɔːnɪ/
adjective scrawnier, scrawniest
1.
very thin and bony; scraggy
2.
meagre or stunted: scrawny vegetation
Derived Forms
scrawnily, adverb
scrawniness, noun
Word Origin
C19: variant of dialect scranny; see scrannel
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Word Origin and History for scrawnily

scrawny

adj.

1824, apparently a dialectal variant of scranny "lean, thin" (1820), which is of uncertain origin but probably from a Scandinavian source, perhaps Old Norse skrælna "to shrivel." Cf. scrannel.

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Slang definitions & phrases for scrawnily

scrawny

adjective

Lean; bony; scraggy, skinny (1833+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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