skinniness, n.
/skin"ee/, adj., skinnier, skinniest, n.
1. very lean or thin; emaciated: a skinny little kitten.
2. of or like skin.
3. unusually low or reduced; meager; minimal: skinny profits.
4. (of an object) narrow or slender: a skinny bed.
5. Slang.
a. accurate information; data; facts.
b. news, esp. if confidential; gossip: Here's the skinny on the latest Hollywood scandal.
[1565-75; SKIN + -Y1; def. 5 is unclearly derived and perh. a distinct word]
Syn. 1. lank, gaunt, scrawny.

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