Definition of skinny in English:

skinny

Syllabification: skin·ny
Pronunciation: /ˈskinē
 
/

adjective (skinnier, skinniest)

1(Of a person or part of their body) very thin: his skinny arms
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  • I was a skinny kid, not athletic or anything, but I wanted to go to the parties with the football players and stuff.
  • These are the concerns that skinny people never have to think about.
  • She sees skinny people on TV and in magazines and wants to look like them, but getting there is beyond her.
Synonyms
thin, scrawny, scraggy, bony, angular, rawboned, hollow-cheeked, gaunt, as thin as a rake, skin-and-bones, sticklike, emaciated, waiflike, skeletal, pinched, undernourished, underfed; slim, lean, slender, rangy; lanky, spindly, gangly, gangling, gawky; size-zero
informal anorexic, (looking) like a bag of bones
dated spindle-shanked
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.

noun

(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.
Synonyms
gossip, (inside) information, intelligence, news, inside story
informal lowdown, info, dope, dirt, scoop, poop

Derivatives

skinniness

noun
More example sentences
  • 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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