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First published 1971 (SND Vol. VIII). Includes material from the 2005 supplement.
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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), skineemelink (Ork. 2000s); 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.
Ork. 1952 R. T. Johnston Stenwick Days (1984) 36:
"Geud, thoo're no exactly a skineemelink," replied Mansie with a grin, "bit whit's the differ? I like a fat lass mesel."
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.
wm.Sc. 1985 Liz Lochhead Tartuffe 35:
Skinnymalinky so-ca'd flappers canny haud a caunle
Tae a real wummin lik' you, yir too hoat tae haunle.

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"Skinny adj.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 15 Jun 2024 <>



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