Definition of skeletal in English:


Line breaks: skel|etal
Pronunciation: /ˈskɛlɪt(ə)l
, skəˈliːt(ə)l


  • 2Existing only in outline or as a framework of something: a skeletal plot for a novel
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    • The plot, as it stands, is only the skeletal outline of a movie.
    • As you can imagine, at the moment, all I have is a skeletal framework of information regarding the aforementioned incident.
    • While most scholars of southern history and politics know the skeletal outlines of this story, Frederickson explains it in detail.
    lacking in detail, incomplete, outline, inadequate, insufficient, fragmentary, sketchy, patchy, bitty, scrappy, broad-brush, superficial, perfunctory; thumbnail



[as submodifier]: skeletally gaunt
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  • Not only are they dentally impaired but skeletally out of proportion.
  • At your age, your body is still developing, skeletally and hormonally, so a regular training program, a whole-food diet high in protein and good sleeping habits should be sufficient to promote muscular growth.
  • She is skeletally thin, with hollow, cadaverous eyes and cheeks.

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