A poor scrawny dog.
The definition of scrawny is very thin or skinny.
An example of a scrawny person is someone who is very bony and severely underweight.
- very thin; skinny and bony
- stunted or scrubby
Origin of scrawnyprobably variant, variety of dialect, dialectal scranny, lean, thin from Scandinavian base from source scrannel
- Very thin and bony: “It was the new fashion to be scrawny down to the bone, with gaunt cheeks and big staring eyes” ( Mary Sharratt ) See Synonyms at lean2.
- Stunted or straggly: scrawny pines.
Origin of scrawnyAlteration of dialectal scranny possibly of Scandinavian origin Norwegian skran lean
Perhaps from Old Norse skrÃ¦lna (“to be shrivelled") .