adj. scraw·ni·er, scraw·ni·est
1. 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.
2. Stunted or straggly: scrawny pines.
[Alteration of dialectal scranny, possibly of Scandinavian origin; akin to Norwegian skran, lean.]
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