scrawny

[ skraw-nee ]
/ ˈskrɔ ni /

adjective, scrawn·i·er, scrawn·i·est.

excessively thin; lean; scraggy: a long, scrawny neck.

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Origin of scrawny

1825–35, Americanism; variant of dial. scranny<Norwegian skran lean + -y1

OTHER WORDS FROM scrawny

scrawn·i·ly, adverbscrawn·i·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for scrawny

scrawny
/ (ˈskrɔːnɪ) /

adjective scrawnier or scrawniest

very thin and bony; scraggy
meagre or stuntedscrawny vegetation

Derived forms of scrawny

scrawnily, adverbscrawniness, noun

Word Origin for scrawny

C19: variant of dialect scranny; see scrannel
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