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scrawny (adj.)

"meager, wasted, raw-boned," 1824, apparently a dialectal variant of scranny "lean, thin" (1820), which is of uncertain origin but probably from a Scandinavian source, perhaps Old Norse skrælna "to shrivel." Compare scrannel. Related: Scrawniness.

updated on February 28, 2022

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Definitions of scrawny from WordNet

scrawny (adj.)
being very thin;
a long scrawny neck
Synonyms: scraggy / scraggly / boney / bony / skinny / underweight / weedy
scrawny (adj.)
inferior in size or quality;
scrawny cattle
Synonyms: scrubby / stunted
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