Skinnies

skinny

[skin-ee]
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.
a.
accurate information; data; facts.
b.
news, especially if confidential; gossip: Here's the skinny on the latest Hollywood scandal.

Origin:
1565–75; skin + -y1; def. 5 is unclearly derived and perhaps a distinct word

skinniness, noun


1. lank, gaunt, scrawny.
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skinny (ˈskɪnɪ)
 
adj , -nier, -niest
1.  lacking in flesh; thin
2.  consisting of or resembling skin
 
'skinniness
 
n

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skinny
1573, "resembling skin," from skin (n.). Meaning "emaciated" is recorded from 1605. In the sense of "the truth" it is World War II military slang, perhaps from the notion of the "naked" truth. Skinny-dip first recorded 1950s.
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