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    Hi there,

    Are 'bony', 'thin', 'lanky', 'slim' similar? Are they difference in tone, formality and politeness?

    Thanks
    pete

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    Re: similar

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    Hi there,

    Are 'bony', 'thin', 'lanky', 'slim' similar? Are they difference in tone, formality and politeness?

    Thanks
    pete
    Hi, I think this would be a good definition:

    1. Slim, trim, slender and lean have a positive/approving nuance.
    2. Thin can have both approving and disapproving nuance depending on context.
    3. Skinny and bony have a disapproving nuance.

    Of course, to a person who has just followed a very strict diet, it can only be a compliment to tell her: oh, you look skinny!

    Lanky: A colloquial expression about a lanky person-- "he's all knees and elbows."

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