scrawniness

scrawny

[skraw-nee]
adjective, scrawnier, scrawniest.
excessively thin; lean; scraggy: a long, scrawny neck.

Origin:
1825–35, Americanism; variant of dial. scranny < Norwegian skran lean + -y1

scrawnily, adverb
scrawniness, noun


gaunt, emaciated.


fleshy, plump.
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scrawny (ˈskrɔːnɪ)
 
adj , scrawnier, scrawniest
1.  very thin and bony; scraggy
2.  meagre or stunted: scrawny vegetation
 
[C19: variant of dialect scranny; see scrannel]
 
'scrawnily
 
adv
 
'scrawniness
 
n

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scrawny
1833, apparently a dialectal variant of scranny "lean, thin" (1820), which is of uncertain origin, perhaps from O.N. skrælna "to shrivel."
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