scrawny

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Etymology[edit]

A variant of dialectal scranny (thin; lean; scraggy; poor; scanty; of inferior quality), perhaps from Old Norse skran (rubbish; junk) +‎ -y. Compare English scrannel (lean; meager; poor; worthless).

Alternatively, perhaps from Old Norse skrælna (to be shrivelled)[1].

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈskrɔːni/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈskrɔni/
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  • Rhymes: -ɔːni

Adjective[edit]

scrawny (comparative scrawnier, superlative scrawniest)

  1. Thin, malnourished and weak.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ scrawny” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary, 2001–2020.