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scrawny Line breaks: scrawny
Pronunciation: /ˈskrɔːni/

Definition of scrawny in English:

adjective (scrawnier, scrawniest)

1(Of a person or animal) unattractively thin and bony: he had a scrawny physique and a protuberant Adam’s apple she was small and scrawny and the sinews in her neck stood out
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  • Inside the gas station, Tom talks to George, who is a thin, blond-haired, scrawny fellow.
  • She was scrawny, dangerously thin some said, and stiff, as though her bones ached.
  • He left the office and road hard for a while before arriving at a ranch, where he was greeted by a tall and scrawny man with a long, thin mustache.
1.1(Of vegetation) meagre or stunted: straggly trees and occasional tufts of scrawny grass
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  • They lie on pavements, sheltering from the sun under scrawny trees.
  • Unable to find it she sank down and sat on the ground with her back against two scrawny trees.


Example sentences
  • I must say, despite his scrawniness, Solastian is very strong… and perceptive.
  • Her shoulders, her bosom do not have that scrawniness characteristic of female dancers whose whole weight seems to have descended into their legs.


Mid 19th century: variant of dialect scranny; compare with archaic scrannel 'weak, feeble' (referring to sound).

Words that rhyme with scrawny

brawny, corny, horny, lawny, mulligatawny, tawny, thorny
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