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I conceived a contempt for that shaven, scrawny skipper––I remember it well.

Debby Alden at twenty-five had been scrawny, hard-featured and severe.

She was scrawny and flat-chested, but agile as a boy when occasion demanded.

"It would have a better chance for its life if it were lean and scrawny," said Mr. Morris.

They're double, you see, and don't look like the scrawny things you see in this country.

There had been but the one scrawny horse before our arrival.

It seemed impossible for the scrawny and emaciated child to satisfy itself.

He swallowed hard, as if to clear a knot out of his scrawny throat.

Have them well fattened, my good Captain, for I like not scrawny captives.

The hands which rested above the soiled comforter were thin and scrawny.

WORD ORIGIN

1824, apparently a dialectal variant of scranny "lean, thin" (1820), which is of uncertain origin but probably from a Scandinavian source, perhaps Old Norse skrælna "to shrivel." Cf. scrannel.

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