skin and bones

skin and bones
noun
a person who is unusually thin and scrawny
Syn: ↑thin person, ↑scrag
Ant: ↑fat person (for: ↑thin person)
Derivationally related forms: ↑scraggy (for: ↑scrag)
Hypernyms: ↑person, ↑individual, ↑someone, ↑somebody, ↑mortal, ↑soul
Hyponyms: ↑spindlelegs, ↑spindleshanks

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noun
1. : a condition of extreme emaciation
2. : excessive thinness

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a condition or state of extreme thinness, usually the result of malnutrition; emaciation: Anorexia had reduced her to skin and bones.
Also, skin and bone.
[1400-50; late ME]

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skin and bones,
1. extreme thinness or emaciation: »

She languished and pined away to skin and bones (Edward Herbert).

2. a very thin person: »

“I like to eat,” said Otto. “Not like…skin and bones here” (New Yorker).

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skin and bones — see skin, 1
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Main Entry:bone
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skin and bones (or skin and bone)
informal : very thin in a way that is unattractive and unhealthy

After the illness, he was skin and bones.

The starving dog was nothing but skin and bones.

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Main Entry:skin

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