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adj. scraw·ni·er, scraw·ni·est
1. Very thin and bony: "It was the new fashion to be scrawny down to the bone, with gaunt cheeks and big staring eyes" (Mary Sharratt). See Synonyms at lean2.
2. Stunted or straggly: scrawny pines.

[Alteration of dialectal scranny, possibly of Scandinavian origin; akin to Norwegian skran, lean.]

scraw′ni·ness n.
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Noun1.scrawniness - the bodily property of lacking flesh
leanness, spareness, thinness - the property of having little body fat
2.scrawniness - the property of being stunted and inferior in size or quality; "the scrawniness of sickly trees"
low quality, inferiority - an inferior quality
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(ˈskroːni) adjective
thin, bony and wrinkled. a scrawny neck.
ˈscrawniness noun
References in classic literature ?
But this last offer had been accompanied by a sneer, and had tokened the old rascal's scorn of the girl's scrawniness.
I spotted two elderly women of surprising scrawniness coming my way.
Tick's scrawniness seemed new, or temporary, his t-shirt sized for breadth he used to work at.
I started lifting weights in jail and went from 130lbs of scrawniness to 170lbs of muscle that year.