Definition of Scrawny

1. Adjective. Being very thin. "A long scrawny neck"

Exact synonyms: Boney, Scraggy, Skinny, Underweight, Weedy
Similar to: Lean, Thin
Derivative terms: Boniness, Scrag, Scrawniness, Skinniness



2. Adjective. Inferior in size or quality. "Old stunted thorn trees"
Exact synonyms: Scrubby, Stunted
Similar to: Inferior
Derivative terms: Scrawniness, Scrubbiness, Stuntedness

Definition of Scrawny

1. a. Meager; thin; rawboned; bony; scranny.

Definition of Scrawny

1. Adjective. Thin, malnourished and weak. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Scrawny

1. extremely thin [adj -NIER, -NIEST]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Scrawny

scrawling
scrawlingly
scrawlings
scrawls
scrawly
scrawm
scrawmed
scrawming
scrawms
scrawn
scrawnier
scrawniest
scrawnily
scrawniness
scrawninesses
scrawny (current term)
scraws
scray
scraye
scrayes
scrays
screak
screaked
screakier
screakily
screaking
screaks
screaky
scream
scream bloody murder

Literary usage of Scrawny

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1. The Secrets of Specialists by Alfred Dale Covey (1903)
"Many women go through life with scrawny figures which are a source of constant mortification to them, when a little advice and proper exercise would modify ..."

2. Johnson's Therapeutic Key by Isaac D Johnson (1920)
"*In thin, feeble, scrawny females, or women who have borne many children; feels cold, but does not wish :•) be covered. ..."

3. Physiological materia medica, containing all that is known of the by William H. Burt (1896)
"G. "Suppression of the menses, in thin, scrawny married women, who suffer much at the menstrual nisus, with continual, long- lasting, forcing pain in the ..."

4. Glossary of Supposed Americanisms by Alfred Langdon Elwyn (1859)
"scrawny. Whence this word comes, I have no idea. ... scrawny may be a corruption of this, and both may come from the Dutch schraal, lean, slender. ..."

5. Wit and Humor of Bench and Bar by Marshall Brown (1899)
"Picket, he's fat, and his wife she fat too, and so dey horses keeps fat, of course; and you know, old massa, you's po' and scrawny, and ol' missus, ..."

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