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skinny

[skin-ee] /ˈskɪn i/
adjective, skinnier, skinniest.
1.
very lean or thin; emaciated:
a skinny little kitten.
2.
of or like skin.
3.
unusually low or reduced; meager; minimal:
skinny profits.
4.
(of an object) narrow or slender:
a skinny bed.
noun
5.
Slang.
  1. accurate information; data; facts.
  2. news, especially if confidential; gossip:
    Here's the skinny on the latest Hollywood scandal.
Origin
1565-1575
1565-75; skin + -y1; def. 5 is unclearly derived and perhaps a distinct word
Related forms
skinniness, noun
Synonyms
1. lank, gaunt, scrawny.
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British Dictionary definitions for skinnies

skinny

/ˈskɪnɪ/
adjective -nier, -niest
1.
lacking in flesh; thin
2.
consisting of or resembling skin
Derived Forms
skinniness, noun
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Word Origin and History for skinnies

skinny

adj.

c.1400, "resembling skin," from skin (n.) + -y (2). Meaning "lean, emaciated" is recorded from c.1600. Of clothes, "tight-fitting" by 1970. In the noun sense of "the truth" it is World War II military slang, perhaps from the notion of the "naked" truth. Related: skinniness.

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