adjective Archaic.

  1. thin or slight.
  2. squeaky or unmelodious.

adjective archaic

  1. thin
  2. harsh

adj.“thin, meager,” 1630s; any modern use traces to Milton (“Lycidas,” 124), who may have invented it out of dialectal scranny (see scrawny). Or it might be from a Scandinavian source akin to Norwegian skran “rubbish.” Cf. English dialectal and Scottish skran “scraps, broken victuals; refuse,” in military slang “food.”

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