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adjective, skin·ni·er, skin·ni·est.
  1. very lean or thin; emaciated: a skinny little kitten.
  2. of or like skin.
  3. unusually low or reduced; meager; minimal: skinny profits.
  4. (of an object) narrow or slender: a skinny bed.
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  1. Slang.
    1. accurate information; data; facts.
    2. news, especially if confidential; gossip: Here's the skinny on the latest Hollywood scandal.
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Origin of skinny

1565–75; skin + -y1; def. 5 is unclearly derived and perhaps a distinct word
Related formsskin·ni·ness, noun


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1. lank, gaunt, scrawny.
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  • Move over, Corbett, I'm skinnier than you are, and I can reach that cleat easier than you can.

    Stand by for Mars!

    Carey Rockwell

British Dictionary definitions for skinnier


adjective -nier or -niest
  1. lacking in flesh; thin
  2. consisting of or resembling skin
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Derived Formsskinniness, noun
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Word Origin and History for skinnier



c.1400, "resembling skin," from skin (n.) + -y (2). Meaning "lean, emaciated" is recorded from c.1600. Of clothes, "tight-fitting" by 1970. In the noun sense of "the truth" it is World War II military slang, perhaps from the notion of the "naked" truth. Related: skinniness.

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