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From Biafra +‎ -an. The "skinny" sense is in reference to the images of extremely skinny Biafran refugees from the Nigerian Civil War that appeared plentifully in English-language media in the 1960s and 1970s.


Biafran (comparative more Biafran, superlative most Biafran)

  1. Of, from or relating to Biafra.
  2. (derogatory) Extremely skinny.
    • 2006, Stephen P. Kiernan, Last Rights: Rescuing the End of Life from the Medical System:
      "He looked Biafran, he looked HIV-positive," Suzanne said, "Contrary to what the doctors were worried about, I believe those kids were keeping him alive."
    • 2007, Wendy Rawlings, The Agnostics, page 111:
      She was truly skinny now and in this defenseless. She had surpassed fashionable and veered into unhealth. She looked Biafran; her eyes seemed to bulge out of her head.
    • 2010, Animal Kingdom, 1:42:08 from the start:
      You want food? You look Biafran.



Biafran (plural Biafrans)

  1. A native or inhabitant of Biafra.