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scrawny

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Pronunciation: /ˈskrɔːni
 
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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
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
1.1(Of vegetation) meagre or stunted: straggly trees and occasional tufts of scrawny grass
More example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

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

Derivatives

scrawniness

1
noun
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.

Words that rhyme with scrawny

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

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