scrawny


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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.

scrawny

(ˈskrɔːnɪ)
adj, scrawnier or scrawniest
1. very thin and bony; scraggy
2. meagre or stunted: scrawny vegetation.
[C19: variant of dialect scranny; see scrannel]
ˈscrawnily adv
ˈscrawniness n

scrawn•y

(ˈskrɔ ni)

adj. scrawn•i•er, scrawn•i•est.
excessively thin; lean.
[1825–35, Amer.; variant of dial. scranny < Norwegian skran lean + -y1]
scrawn′i•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.scrawny - being very thin; "a child with skinny freckled legs"; "a long scrawny neck"
lean, thin - lacking excess flesh; "you can't be too rich or too thin"; "Yon Cassius has a lean and hungry look"-Shakespeare
2.scrawny - inferior in size or quality; "scrawny cattle"; "scrubby cut-over pine"; "old stunted thorn trees"
inferior - of low or inferior quality

scrawny

adjective thin, lean, skinny, angular, gaunt, skeletal, bony, lanky, undernourished, skin-and-bones (informal), scraggy, rawboned, macilent (rare) a scrawny woman with dyed black hair

scrawny

adjective
Having little flesh or fat on the body:
Idioms: all skin and bones, thin as a rail.
Translations
هَزيل
vychrtlý
laihaluiseva
horaîur, beinaber og hrukkóttur
kaulainskrunkains

scrawny

[ˈskrɔːnɪ] ADJ (scrawnier (compar) (scrawniest (superl))) [neck, limb] → flaco; [animal] → escuálido, descarnado

scrawny

[ˈskrɔːni] adjdécharné(e)

scrawny

adj (+er)dürr

scrawny

[ˈskrɔːnɪ] adj (-ier (comp) (-iest (superl))) (neck, limb) → scheletrico/a; (animal, person) → pelle e ossa inv

scrawny

(ˈskroːni) adjective
thin, bony and wrinkled. a scrawny neck.
ˈscrawniness noun
References in classic literature ?
She imagined herself, in an exasperating future, as a scrawny woman with an eternal grievance.
One day While Fang encountered a young wolf, gaunt and scrawny, loose-jointed with famine.
They seemed mostly head, with little scrawny bodies, long necks and six legs, or, as I afterward learned, two legs and two arms, with an intermediary pair of limbs which could be used at will either as arms or legs.
These camels are very much larger than the scrawny specimens one sees in the menagerie.
DUST was piled in thick, velvety folds on the weeds and grass of the open Kansas prairie; it lay, a thin veil on the scrawny black horses and the sharp-boned cow picketed near a covered wagon; it showered to the ground in little clouds as Mrs.
A more scrawny, pitiful specimen of humanity one could hardly conceive.
On his scrawny neck was a large wen partially covered by a grey beard.
Tha'rt not nigh so yeller and tha'rt not nigh so scrawny.
Matthew had taken the scrawny little hand awkwardly in his; then and there he decided what to do.
Sara, you're too scrawny and pale--not much like your ma.
Go thy way, Friend of all the World,' piped the old soldier, wheeling his scrawny mount.
He saw an old man, a very old man with scrawny neck and wrinkled face--a dried, parchment-like face which resembled some of the little monkeys Tarzan knew so well.