skinny

Someone who's skinny is thin. Your brother might be skinny enough to fit in the jeans he wore three years ago.

A skinny person is slight or lean, and your skinny jeans are tight-fitting. You might order a skinny coffee drink at a cafe, meaning you'd like it to be made with skim milk. If someone offers to give you "the skinny" on something, they're revealing some secret information. This last, informal meaning stems from military slang during World War II, probably from the idea of "naked," or undisguised, truth.

Definitions of skinny
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adj being very thin

“a child with skinny freckled legs”
Synonyms:
boney, scraggy, scrawny, underweight, weedy
lean, thin
lacking excess flesh

adj of or relating to or resembling skin

adj fitting snugly

Synonyms:
tight fitting, tight-fitting, tightfitting, tightly fitting
tight
closely constrained or constricted or constricting

adj giving or spending with reluctance

Synonyms:
cheeseparing, close, near, penny-pinching
stingy, ungenerous
unwilling to spend

n confidential information about a topic or person

“he wanted the inside skinny on the new partner”
Type of:
info, information
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