from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Jagged; rough.
  • adjective Bony and lean.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Having an irregular, broken surface; rough with irregular points; rugged; scragged.
  • Lean; thin; bony; poor; scrawny.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Rough with irregular points; scragged.
  • adjective Lean and rough; scragged.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Rough and irregular; jagged.
  • adjective Lean or thin, scrawny.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective having a sharply uneven surface or outline
  • adjective being very thin


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