Definition of scrawny adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈskrɔːni//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈskrɔːni//
(scrawnier, scrawniest) (disapproving) Body shape
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(of people or animals) very thin in a way that is not attractive synonym scraggy He had long scrawny fingers. There were a few scrawny chickens in the yard. See related entries: Body shape Word Originmid 19th cent.: variant of dialect scranny; compare with archaic scrannel ‘weak, feeble’ (referring to sound).
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