One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘a tall, skeletal man’
emaciated, very thin, as thin as a rake, cadaverous, skin-and-bones, hollow-cheeked, scrawny, scraggy, skinny, size-zero, bony, angular, stick-like, raw-boned, lantern-jawed, gaunt, haggard, wasted
starved, half-starved, undernourished, underfed
shrunken, wizened, fleshless
informal looking like a bag of bones, anorexic, anorectic
2‘a rather skeletal account of the phenomenon’
lacking in detail, incomplete, outline, inadequate, insufficient, fragmentary, sketchy, patchy, bitty, scrappy, broad-brush, superficial, perfunctory
detailed, full, thorough
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