Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Very thin. See Synonyms at lean2.
  • adj. Of, relating to, or resembling skin.
  • n. Slang Inside information; the real facts: learned the skinny on their falling-out.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Having little flesh and fat; slim; slender; narrow; thin, generally beyond what looks beautiful.
  • adj. Low-fat.
  • adj. Naked; nude (chiefly used in the phrase skinny dipping).
  • n. The details or facts; especially, those obtained by gossip or rumor.
  • n. A state of nakedness; nudity.
  • n. A skinny being

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Consisting, or chiefly consisting, of skin; wanting flesh.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Consisting of or having the nature of skin; resembling skin or film; cutaneous; membranous.
  • Tough and firm or dense, but not hard: as, the skinny covering of a bird's beak: distinguished from horny.
  • Characterized by skinniness; showing skin with little appearance of flesh under it; lean; emaciated.
  • Miserly; stingy; mean.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. fitting snugly
  • adj. being very thin
  • adj. of or relating to or resembling skin
  • adj. giving or spending with reluctance
  • n. confidential information about a topic or person

Etymologies

Skin +‎ -y, meaning associated with lack of fat or muscle possibly derived from the phrase skin and bones, meaning associated with nudity derived from exposing skin. (Wiktionary)

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