Definition of skinny in English:


Syllabification: skin·ny
Pronunciation: /ˈskinē

adjective (skinnier, skinniest)

  • 2(Of an article of clothing) tight-fitting: a skinny black dress
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    • Capes, big brass buttons, skinny knits belted over print dresses, together with marvellously subtle colour combinations made for one of the most beautiful collections in Milan.
    • You know, they have to go to the hairdresser, to the nail thing, to do makeup, and then they fit in their skinny dresses.
    • Wear this bra under strapless tops and skinny tanks.
  • 2.1(Of a pair of pants, especially jeans) tight-fitting and with very narrow legs: in the winter I live in skinny jeans and boots
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    • Check out his uptown vixen look of rhinestone-studded bra tops worn with skinny pants.
    • Every girl has a pair of skinny pants at home that she can't get into any more, right?
    • The silhouette continues to be long tops and skinny pants.
  • 3 informal (Of coffee) made with skimmed or semi-skimmed milk: one skinny latte to go, please
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    • Ultimately, Jessica's relationship dilemma feels about as agonising as choosing between a skinny decaf latte and a grande mochaccino.
    • Or just grab a skinny cappuccino or latte for a low-calorie warm drink.
    • Some of us even want a skinny mocha decaff latte with a twist.


(plural skinnies) informal Back to top  
  • 1A skinny person.
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    • I am all for bringing models back, so long as magazines go to the effort to feature images of healthy 'normal' types alongside the skinnies.
    • While still natural-born skinnies, they have the presence and fleshy strength of a mature woman.
    • People moan about the skinnies on TV.
  • 2 (skinnies) A pair of skinny pants, especially jeans: if you’re tired of squeezing into your skinnies, bell-bottoms and flares are back in fashion
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    • She does always look super-cute in her skinnies and shades.
    • If you do want to look slimmer, wear skinnies!
    • Skinnies are so squeezed in, so uncompromising.
  • 3 (the skinny) US Confidential information on a particular person or topic: the inside skinny is that he didn’t know the deal was in the works
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    • You must possess a wonderful memory, not only for statistics and the inside skinny, but also for anecdotes.
    • For those of you with regular jobs, here's the skinny.
    • Here is the skinny on the matter from the Guardian.
    gossip, (inside) information, intelligence, news, inside story
    informal lowdown, info, dope, dirt, scoop, poop



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  • Thin girls can be ugly; fat girls can be beautiful - but fat is not attractive in itself, any more than skinniness is.
  • I'm allergic to the fashionable notion that skinniness is next to godliness.
  • I don't think it did anything but emphasize my skinniness.

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