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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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Examples for skinny
  • 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.
  • At the heliport there were no skinny forearms, apart from mine.
  • Unfortunately, the proteins in the frog's skinny legs would do the same thing.
  • But there the cops were, spending my money to chase down harmless skinny-dippers and dune-canoodlers.
  • He pretty much makes the same thing every time--some short, fitted jacked with some kind of frill on it and skinny pants.
  • They are painfully skinny, and their clothes are in tatters.
  • Which by itself would be neither interesting nor relevant if it weren't for all the skinny people around him.
  • And it is this deception that results in many frozen yogurt fanatics reaching for their sweats instead of skinny jeans.
  • We tell people that big is beautiful and worry about eating disorders and people thinking they're not skinny enough.
British Dictionary definitions for skinny

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 skinny
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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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