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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR SKINNINESS

His skinniness was like Pierre's in a way, but this man was a heap uglier than Raoul's brother had been.

Her skinniness makes her repulsive to me and her face gives everyone the impression that she just sucked an enormous lemon.

I don't mind the other things so much—the freckles and the green eyes and my skinniness.

Then I thought of my skinniness and ugliness in comparison with her slight but perfect beauty.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1400, "resembling skin," from skin (n.) + -y (2). Meaning "lean, emaciated" is recorded from c.1600. Of clothes, "tight-fitting" by 1970. In the noun sense of "the truth" it is World War II military slang, perhaps from the notion of the "naked" truth. Related: skinniness.

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