- excessively thin; lean; scraggy: a long, scrawny neck.
Origin of scrawny
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Examples from the Web for scrawny
If scrawny little Tutankhamun can do it, a badass like Khufu could probably cause them to spontaneously combust.Why Do These Russians Hate History So Much?
March 28, 2013
He was still achieving in school and sports, though less brilliantly than before, and was somewhat small and scrawny.Speed Read: 11 Juiciest Bits From Philip Norman’s Biography of Mick Jagger
The Daily Beast
October 1, 2012
He grew up a scrawny kid with nagging allergy problems in a suburb of Stockholm.Dolph Lundgren’s Wild Ride: From Fulbright Scholar to ‘The Expendables 2’
August 17, 2012
A few are recovering from eating disorders; their cheeks are hollow and their scrawny arms droop like slack rubber bands.'Fat Studies' Go to College
November 3, 2010
I conceived a contempt for that shaven, scrawny skipper––I remember it well.The Cruise of the Shining Light
Debby Alden at twenty-five had been scrawny, hard-featured and severe.Hester's Counterpart
Jean K. Baird
She was scrawny and flat-chested, but agile as a boy when occasion demanded.The Eagle's Heart
"It would have a better chance for its life if it were lean and scrawny," said Mr. Morris.Beautiful Joe
They're double, you see, and don't look like the scrawny things you see in this country.Mr. Crewe's Career, Complete
- very thin and bony; scraggy
- meagre or stuntedscrawny vegetation
Word Origin and History for scrawny
1824, apparently a dialectal variant of scranny "lean, thin" (1820), which is of uncertain origin but probably from a Scandinavian source, perhaps Old Norse skrælna "to shrivel." Cf. scrannel.