adjective, scrawn·i·er, scrawn·i·est.

  1. excessively thin; lean; scraggy: a long, scrawny neck.

adjective scrawnier or scrawniest

  1. very thin and bony; scraggy
  2. meagre or stuntedscrawny vegetation

adj.1824, apparently a dialectal variant of scranny “lean, thin” (1820), which is of uncertain origin but probably from a Scandinavian source, perhaps Old Norse skrælna “to shrivel.” Cf. scrannel.

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