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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Example sentences
Out of season shad is scrawny and thin, but in season it is plump and succulent.
The parasite can leave the birds too scrawny for market.
Probably because the rest of her body is so scrawny.
Several scrawny cottonwood trees do not usually generate much excitement in the
  world of ecology.
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