excessively thin; lean; scraggy: a long, scrawny neck.
- scrawn·i·ly, adverb
- scrawn·i·ness, noun
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How to use scrawny in a sentence
Plants potted in lunar dirt were far scrawnier than those grown in volcanic material from Earth.The first plants ever grown in moon dirt have sprouted | Maria Temming | June 16, 2022 | Science News For Students
The cat was so small and scrawny that Mike’s mother decided he needed a big name.The name game: For these pets, inspiration came in many forms | John Kelly | November 23, 2020 | Washington Post
I asked a scrawny 15-year-old boy who works at a candy packaging facility about how he sees his future.
Toward the end of the cycle, the birds are scrawnier, their fat stores depleted over the months of cold, so they tend to start huddling at warmer temperatures.
If scrawny little Tutankhamun can do it, a badass like Khufu could probably cause them to spontaneously combust.
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 | THE 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 | THE DAILY BEAST
A few are recovering from eating disorders; their cheeks are hollow and their scrawny arms droop like slack rubber bands.
She bore Marneffe a child, a stunted, scrawny urchin named Stanislas.Repertory Of The Comedie Humaine, Complete, A -- Z | Anatole Cerfberr and Jules Franois Christophe
Bluish dawnlight seemed to tint their scrawny bare arms and legs a deeper, ghastly blue.Restricted Tool | Malcolm B. Morehart
Their sales of scrawny cattle jist about paid the taxes en bought their salt en terbacker.David Lannarck, Midget | George S. Harney
A stub of a root and two scrawny plum branches would at any time arouse my imagination like the circus posters' appeal to a boy.Dwarf Fruit Trees | F. A. Waugh
The squatter lifted it up with infinite tenderness, binding the rags more closely about the scrawny body.Tess of the Storm Country | Grace Miller White
British Dictionary definitions for scrawny
very thin and bony; scraggy
meagre or stunted: scrawny vegetation
- scrawnily, adverb
- scrawniness, noun
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