Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
SKINNY, adj. As in Eng., in combs.: 1. skinny-breeks, the shell-fish, Mya arenaria (Ork. 1929 Marw.), so named from the appearance of the two siphons of the mollusc; 2. skinnymalink(ie), skinama-link(ie), and reduced form skinnylinky, a thin skinny person or animal (Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.), an emaciated creature. Gen.Sc. Also attrib. See Link, n., 1. (2); 3. skinny tatie, a potato boiled in its skin (wm., sm. and s.Sc. 1970).
2. Ags. 1892 Brechin Advertiser (6 Sept.) 3:
Twa skinamalinks o' the genus horse. Gsw. 1904 H. Foulis Erchie iii.:
Wee skinamalink craturs dottin' up the passages in U.F. kirks carryin' the books. Edb. 1940 R. Garioch 17 Poems for 6d. 13:
An aw the time the skinnylinky copper's a' ir heels. Abd. 1956 Sunday Times (22 Jan.):
There used to be a children's song in Aberdeen relating the adventures of a thin man called “Skinamalinky Lang Legs”, which is still sung as a skipping-song, etc.: Skinamalinky, lang legs Umbrella feet.
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