adjective, scrawn·i·er, scrawn·i·est.
Origin of scrawny
Examples from the Web for scrawny
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|DAILY BEAST
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’|Marlow Stern|August 17, 2012|DAILY BEAST
A few are recovering from eating disorders; their cheeks are hollow and their scrawny arms droop like slack rubber bands.
At the same instant a short, scrawny, red-faced man sprang from a bunk in the corner.Riddle of the Storm|Roy J. Snell
The widow, wild with joy at sight of the beetle, seized the cat in her scrawny arms and hugged the pet tightly to her bosom.A Chinese Wonder Book|Norman Hinsdale Pitman
He was a wizened little chap, with scrawny neck and protruding Adam's apple.The Man Who Rocked the Earth|Arthur Train
Matthew had taken the scrawny little hand awkwardly in his; then and there he decided what to do.Anne Of Green Gables|Lucy Maud Montgomery
Was this scrawny but good-natured kid afraid some of her people would catch her talking to a stranger by the roadside?Anything Once|Douglas Grant
British Dictionary definitions for scrawny
adjective scrawnier or scrawniest
Word Origin for scrawny
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.