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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.

  1. unusually low or reduced; meager; minimal: skinny profits.

  2. (of an object) narrow or slender: skinny noodles.

  3. (of garments, especially pants) narrow and very tight-fitting: skinny jeans; a skinny tank top.

  1. Slang.

    • accurate information; data; facts.

    • news, especially if confidential; gossip: Here's the skinny on the latest Hollywood scandal.

Origin of skinny

First recorded in 1565–75; skin + -y1; def. 6 is unclearly derived and perhaps a distinct word

Other words for skinny

Other words from skinny

  • skin·ni·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use skinny in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for skinny


/ (ˈskɪnɪ) /

adjective-nier or -niest
  1. lacking in flesh; thin

  2. consisting of or resembling skin

Derived forms of skinny

  • skinniness, noun

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