scrawniness


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scraw·ny

 (skrô′nē)
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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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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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Translations
هُزال، ضَعْف شَديد
vyzáblost
afpillethed
cingárság
e-r sem er horaîur
sıskalıkzayıflık

scrawny

(ˈskroːni) adjective
thin, bony and wrinkled. a scrawny neck.
ˈscrawniness noun
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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. Failing to connect with the missionary brig, the Western Cross, on which she would not have been eaten, Captain Van Horn had been compelled to keep her in the cramped quarters of the Arangi against a problematical future time when he would be able to turn her over to the missionaries.
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."