Definition of scrawny in English:


Syllabification: scrawn·y
Pronunciation: /ˈskrônē

adjective (scrawnier, scrawniest)

  • 1(Of a person or animal) unattractively thin and bony.
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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.
    skinny, thin, lean, as thin as a rake, skin-and-bones, gaunt, bony, angular, gawky, scraggy, rawboned, size-zero
    informal anorexic, (looking) like a bag of bones
  • 1.1(Of vegetation) meager or stunted.
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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.



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  • 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).

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