• WordNet 3.6
    • adj skinny being very thin "a child with skinny freckled legs","a long scrawny neck"
    • adj skinny giving or spending with reluctance "our cheeseparing administration","very close (or near) with his money","a penny-pinching miserly old man"
    • adj skinny fitting snugly "a tightly-fitting cover","tight-fitting clothes"
    • adj skinny of or relating to or resembling skin
    • n skinny confidential information about a topic or person "he wanted the inside skinny on the new partner"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The number of times a drowning person will rise to the surface depends on how much air is in his lungs. He could rise once, twice, or five times. Or not at all. Obese people will stay afloat longer than skinny people because fat contains air molecules.
    • a Skinny Consisting, or chiefly consisting, of skin; wanting flesh. "Her skinny lips.""He holds him with a skinny hand."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: 28% of us have skinny-dipped. 14% with the opposite sex.
    • skinny Consisting of or having the nature of skin; resembling skin or film; cutaneous; membranous.
    • skinny Tough and firm or dense, but not hard: as, the skinny covering of a bird's beak: distinguished from horny.
    • skinny Characterized by skinniness; showing skin with little appearance of flesh under it; lean; emaciated.
    • skinny Miserly; stingy; mean.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Skinny consisting of skin or of skin only: wanting flesh
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. scinn; Ice. skinn, skin, Ger. schinden, to flay.


In literature:

She lifted her skinny hand above her head.
"Roger Trewinion" by Joseph Hocking
Am I very skinny, Tom?
"Tabitha at Ivy Hall" by Ruth Alberta Brown
Trimble Rogers gripped Jack's shoulder with a strength which made him wince and pointed a skinny finger at the boat.
"Blackbeard: Buccaneer" by Ralph D. Paine
Here, too, she saw nine hours of daily strain aging slim girls into skinny females.
"The Job" by Sinclair Lewis
I fear thee, ancient mariner, I fear thy skinny hand!
"The Merryweathers" by Laura E. Richards
So they clutched her with skinny fingers and pushed her down into the black mud beneath the water at the foot of the snag.
"Edmund Dulac’s Fairy-Book" by Edmund Dulac
Tall skinniness was fine in a paid-woman, but Joanie's compactness was better.
"The Alembic Plot" by Ann Wilson
They were ugly, stupid, motionless, straining the cords of their skinny necks.
"Tartarin On The Alps" by Alphonse Daudet
The world is full of skinny little pale-faced women, but you've only got one neck.
"The Woman from Outside" by Hulbert Footner
If one's hand approached within a foot, she saw it and stretched forth appealing, skinny fingers.
"Edge of the Jungle" by William Beebe

In poetry:

Strong are his skinny arms,
As panther-claws;
He shaketh thee,
And rends thy frame.
"To My Friend - Ode III" by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Say never the strong heart
In the consuming breath
Cries out unto the dark
The skinny death.
"The Eagle" by Allen Tate
May I be every moment chid
With Skinny, Honey, Snip, and Lean,
Oh! that I could but once be rid
Of that insulting tyrant Dean.
"Lady Acheson Weary Of The Dean" by Jonathan Swift
To-day I dine—not on my usual fare;
Not near the sacred mount with skinny nine;
Not in the park upon a dish of air:
But on real eatables, and rosy wine.
"Reflections of A Poet: On Being Invited To A Great Dinner" by Thomas Gent
A grey old soldier, lazily saluting,
Shades with his sleeve his eyes against the sun;
The skinny goat belonging to the fortress
Is tethered with a rope beside the gun.
"The Lieutenant" by Konstantin Simonov
And so he strains beneath her housey wall,
And catches her trouser-legs in his beak
Suddenly, or her skinny limb,
And strange and grimly drags at her
Like a dog,
Only agelessly silent, with a reptile's awful persistency.
"Tortoise Gallantry" by D H Lawrence

In news:

The pretzels at Prime Meats in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, where an owner, Frank Castronovo, makes them in the style of southern Germany: fat in the middle and skinny on the ends.
"skinny" not skinny what is the difference.
And over at, Melissa Isaacson offers a great read on how Dent rose from a skinny eighth-round draft choice to one of the best pass rushers in NFL history.
'Skinny' Starts A Conversation For Overweight Teens.
Denim, in 50 shades of color, instead of trusty blue skinnies, is the bang-on trend for fall.
See Matthew's skinny frame and face.
Hollywood stars love looking lean, but sometimes they take their desire to be skinny to dangerous lengths.
Too skinny is not sexy.
Shondelle Solomon-Miles, AKA "Coach," has a body as impossibly skinny and taut as Iggy Pop's, a look as fierce as Nicki Minaj's, and a way of making you obey that's like Mom when she means business.
The skinny on the state's proposed plan to manage white- tailed deer.
According to a new University of Michigan study, women possess "skinny genes" that control their desire for a svelte figure.
Zoe Saldana makes skinny jeans red carpet-ready by adding a feminine Isabel Marant blazer with ribbon detailing.
The President's Skinny Jeans Could Be Tighter.
Meridian Police say they are searching for a tall and skinny white male in connection with an attempted kidnapping of a 14-year old girl on Saturday.
Here's the skinny on Ridge's naked avenger .

In science:

Suppose D consists of the interior of Db ∪ D1 ∪ D2 where D1 and D2 are very large closed cubes (not necessarily of equal volume) and Db is a long but very skinny rectangular tube (a “bottleneck”) connecting them.
Random Surfaces
By making M sufficiently large and making Db sufficiently long and skinny, we can make ||f − fD ||A∗ arbitrarily large even while making ||∇f ||A arbitrarily small.
Random Surfaces
This is the unique triangulation such that the circumsphere of each simplex contains no other point; it has the property of (maximally) avoiding “skinny” simplexes with small angles, and therefore it is a good choice to model terrains (for d = 2) or other hypersurfaces given a set of sample points.
Cover art: issues in the metric-guided and metric-less placement of random and stochastic template banks
As this component of our algorithm ran particularly fast, we can conclude that at least using our implementation, this algorithm runs most efficiently on fairly skinny matrices.
Parallel implementation of a fast randomized algorithm for the decomposition of low rank matrices
This also matches our intuition: every level set of f0 is a long and skinny ellipse, stretching out along the x2 -axis; if we start from a point close to the x2 axis, the progress in a step will be small, unless we almost sample in x2 -direction.
Variable Metric Random Pursuit