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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Example sentences
Here's the summertime skinny-plus three more ski towns that look pretty great in shorts too.
His tales include skinny-dipping, nearly getting arrested and plenty of beer.
But there the cops were, spending my money to chase down harmless skinny-dippers and dune-canoodlers.
At the heliport there were no skinny forearms, apart from mine.
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