- very lean or thin; emaciated: a skinny little kitten.
- of or like skin.
- unusually low or reduced; meager; minimal: skinny profits.
- (of an object) narrow or slender: a skinny bed.
- accurate information; data; facts.
- news, especially if confidential; gossip: Here's the skinny on the latest Hollywood scandal.
Origin of skinny
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1. lank, gaunt, scrawny.
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Examples from the Web for skinny
In the most recent image posted by her mother, Kristina is wearing a black vest over her skinny shoulders.Is 9-Year-Old Russian Model Kristina Pimenova Too Sexualized?
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The man with the skinny tie tells me that the comic book is transported in a manila envelope.
Skinny tie tells me that it was found in a storage locker in 2011 and auctioned for $2.1 million.
He has transformed himself from skinny Chappelle into in-shape, jacked Chappelle.Dave Chappelle’s Triumphant Return to New York City
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When he approached a window you could see through his ribs, so skinny had he become.L'Assommoir
How can you ever love such a skinny homely thing as I am now!The Straw
But he wished that he might lay hands on that kid brother of Skinny's.A Son of the City
Herman Gastrell Seely
He clawed at the air with skinny fingers, and tried to speak.The Cryptogram
William Murray Graydon
Terry, I always thought of you as being—sort of skinny, but you're as hard as nails.Terry
Charles Goff Thomson
- lacking in flesh; thin
- consisting of or resembling skin
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Word Origin and History for skinny
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