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Thin in an unattractive or unhealthy way - thesaurus

Synonyms

thin

adjective

someone who is thin has very little fat on their body

skinny

adjective

informal very thin, in a way that is not attractive. Someone who is thin in an attractive way is slender or slim

underweight

adjective

thinner and lighter than normal, especially in a way that is unhealthy

gaunt

adjective

very thin, usually because you are ill, tired, or worried

scrawny

adjective

very thin, in a way that is not attractive or healthy

lanky

adjective

tall, thin, and not very graceful

emaciated

adjective

extremely thin because of serious illness or lack of food

anorexic

adjective

informal extremely thin

gangling

adjective

very tall and thin, with long arms and legs, and not graceful

be (all) skin and bone(s)

to be very thin in a way that is not healthy or attractive

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a bag of bones

a person or animal that is much too thin

angular

adjective

an angular part of your body is not covered by much flesh so that you can see the shape of the bones

bony

adjective

a bony part of the body is so thin that the shape of the bones can be seen

cadaverous

adjective

formal extremely thin and looking pale and ill

gangly

adjective

gangling

gawky

adjective

tall and thin, and moving in a way that does not seem graceful or comfortable

lank

adjective

a lank person is tall and thin

pinched

adjective

tired, thin, and ill in appearance

puny

adjective

a puny person or animal is small, thin, and weak

rangy

adjective

with long thin legs and arms

scraggy

adjective

informal very thin, especially so thin that you see the shapes of bones sticking out

skeletal

adjective

extremely thin

slight

adjective

thin, not very tall, and not looking very strong

slightly-built

adjective

someone who is slightly-built is thin, not very tall, and does not look very strong

spectral

adjective

mainly literary looking like a ghost, for example by being very thin and pale

stringy

adjective

a stringy person is tall and thin

there isn’t much meat on someone

used for saying that someone is too thin

thin

adjective

a thin part of the body has very little fat on it

weedy

adjective

informal a weedy person is thin and weak

withered

adjective

a withered person looks old, thin, and weak, and has a lot of wrinkles on their skin

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