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  • n. The property of being scrawny.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Scrawny, raw-boned, or lanky character or appearance.

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

  • n. the bodily property of lacking flesh
  • n. the property of being stunted and inferior in size or quality


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  • At some point in the last decade, she became a vegan and the resulting scrawniness gave life to the rumors of surgical reduction.

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  • Chris Evans is quietly engaging as Steve Rogers, the physical weakling with the indomitable spirit—Steve's digitized scrawniness is spectacular too—who is scientifically transformed into Captain America, the supersoldier with the vibranium shield that absorbs all vibrations.

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  • Christ's scrawniness, and slumped head, hark back to austere 15th century examples by Donatello and Masaccio; his isolation, and the absence of other saints, accords with the Lutheran emphasis on Christ and his passion.

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  • I am still not sure of the reasons for the perpetual Torture of my Grade 4 year, but they likely had to do with my obnoxious goody two-shoe ism and my scrawniness of person and brain: I walked around perpetually with a book, nose to the cobblestone and pebbly peg legs wading in giant Nike Air sneakers.

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  • Picky eating habits and an unwillingness to stuff oneself are considered the leading preventable causes of scrawniness among Americans.

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  • Thin to the point of scrawniness, she was lonely, hateful, and untrusting.


  • He'd always been lean to the point of thinness, but in his younger years, his teenage scrawniness had seemed quite normal, merely the result of his bones outstripping the growth of the rest of him.

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  • I staggered a bit, because despite her scrawniness she was still a teenaged girl with heavy limbs.

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  • I suppose this might explain the scrawniness of our creative product, and why all new novels seem to be the same novel and all new movies remakes or spin-offs or sequels and all new plays revivals.

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  • And though he was thin to the point of scrawniness, at some time in the not too distant past he must have grown enormously fat, for the flesh of his face had fallen into crevices, and vast hollow wattles transformed his neck into a vulturine travesty.

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