adjective, scrawn·i·er, scrawn·i·est.
- excessively thin; lean; scraggy: a long, scrawny neck.
adjective scrawnier or scrawniest
- very thin and bony; scraggy
- 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.