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Mawson, C.O.S., ed. (1870–1938). Roget’s International Thesaurus. 1922.

Class II. Words Relating to Space
Section II. Dimensions
2. Linear Dimensions

203. Narrowness, Thinness.

   NOUN:NARROWNESS &c. adj.; closeness, exility [rare]; exiguity (little) [See Littleness].
  line; hair’s -, finger’s- breadth; strip, streak, vein.
  THINNESS &c. adj.; tenuity; emaciation, marcor [obs.], macilence or macilency [rare].
  shaving, slip (filament) [See Filament]; thread paper, skeleton, shadow, scrag, atomy [obs. or joc.], anatomy [archaic], study in anatomy [humorous], spindle-shanks [humorous or contemptuous], bare-bone, lantern jaws, mere skin and bone.
  MIDDLE CONSTRICTION, stricture, coarctation [med.]; neck, waist, isthmus, wasp, hourglass; ridge, ghât or ghaut [India], pass; ravine [See Interval].
  NARROWING, angustation, tapering; contraction [See Contraction].
   VERB:be narrow &c. adj.; narrow, taper, contract, [See Contraction]; render narrow &c. adj.
   ADJECTIVE:NARROW, close; slender, gracile, thin, fine; thread-like (filament) [See Filament]; finespun, taper, slim, slight-made; scant, scanty; spare, delicate, incapacious; contracted [See Contraction]; unexpanded &c. (expand [See Expansion]); slender as a thread.
  LEAN, emaciated, meager or meagre, gaunt, macilent; lank, lanky; weedy [colloq.], skinny; scrawny [U. S.], slinky [dial.]; starved, starveling; attenuated, shriveled, pinched, poor, peaked [colloq.], lathy [colloq.], skeletal, flatsided [colloq.], slabsided [slang, U. S.]; spindle-legged, spindle-shanked, spindling; coarctate, angustate, tabic, tabelic, tabid, extenuated, marcid [obs.], rawboned; herring-gutted [colloq.]; worn to a shadow, “lean as a rake” [Chaucer]; thin as a -lath, – whipping post, – wafer; hatchet-faced; lantern-jawed.
   QUOTATION:Pinch, a hungry, lean-faced villain, a mere anatomy.—Comedy of Errors