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scrawny

Scrawny is an insulting way to describe someone who’s very thin and weak. You might be surprised by how lifting weights transformed your scrawny teammate to a muscular athlete by the end of the season.

The adjective scrawny can describe a small, underweight body but it can also describe anything that’s not very big or well-made — a scrawny tree that never gets any taller or fuller or a scrawny audience that disappoints the band because they were expecting a sold-out concert. Scrawny may have come from the Old Norse word skraelna, to shrivel.



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Definitions of scrawny
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adj

being very thin

“a long
scrawny neck”
Synonyms:
boney , scraggy , skinny , underweight , weedy
lean , thin

lacking excess flesh

adj

inferior in size or quality

scrawny cattle”
Synonyms:
scrubby , stunted
inferior

of low or inferior quality

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A poor scrawny dog.

A poor scrawny dog.

adjective

    The definition of scrawny is very thin or skinny.

    An example of a scrawny person is someone who is very bony and severely underweight.

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scrawny

adjective

-·nier, -·ni·est

  1. very thin; skinny and bony
  2. stunted or scrubby

Origin of scrawny

probably variant, variety of dialect, dialectal scranny, lean, thin from Scandinavian base from source scrannel

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scrawny

adjective

scraw·ni·er, scraw·ni·est

  1. Very thin and bony: “It was the new fashion to be scrawny down to the bone, with gaunt cheeks and big staring eyes” ( Mary Sharratt ) See Synonyms at lean 2.
  2. Stunted or straggly: scrawny pines.

Origin of scrawny

Alteration of dialectal scranny possibly of Scandinavian origin Norwegian skran lean

Related Forms:

  • scraw′ni·ness

    noun

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Adjective

(comparative scrawnier, superlative scrawniest)

  1. Thin , malnourished and weak .
Origin

Perhaps from Old Norse skrælna (“to be shrivelled”) .

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  • You can have the most beautiful ornaments in the world, but if your tree is scrawny and odd-shaped, you’ll have trouble competing for the coveted title of best decorated tree.
  • He looked like any normal nerdy American with big glasses and a scrawny frame.
 
 

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  • scrawniness
  • leaflessness
  • scrag
  • fleshless
  • bony
  • weedy
  • scrannel

Words near scrawny in the dictionary


  • scrawnier
  • scrawniest
  • scrawnily
  • scrawniness
  • scrawny
  • scraws
  • scray
  • scrays
  • screak
  • screaked

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