bag of bones

noun

Definition of bag of bones

informal

  1. :  a very thin person or animal I can't believe how thin he is. He's just a bag of bones.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  a usually flexible container that may be closed for holding, storing, or carrying something: such as

    :  purse

    :  handbag

  1. :  to swell out :  bulge

    :  to hang loosely

    :  to cause to swell

boneplay bones
  1. :  one of the hard parts of the skeleton of a vertebrate

    :  any of various hard animal substances or structures (such as baleen or ivory) akin to or resembling bone

    :  the hard largely calcareous connective tissue of which the adult skeleton of most vertebrates is chiefly composed

  1. :  to remove the bones from

    :  to provide (a garment) with stays

    :  to rub (something, such as a boot or a baseball bat) with something hard (such as a piece of bone) in order to smooth the surface

  1. :  extremely, very

    :  totally


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