bone-deep

adjective

Definition of bone-deep

1 :as deep as the bone :penetrating to the depth of bone
  • Donna slipped on a rock and fell on another, leaving a bone-deep cut on her right leg that required 21 stitches to close.
  • —Jack McCallumSports Illustrated31 July 1989
  • The woman … sustained bone-deep puncture wounds to a thigh and arm before a neighbor drove the dogs away with a baseball bat.
  • Winston-Salem Journal14 Sept. 2012
2 :very thorough or deeply felt
  • bone-deep weariness
  • The man has a bone-deep understanding of what motivates human beings.
  • —Deirdre DonahueUSA Today21 Oct. 2010
:deeply ingrained
  • Ry Cooder's bone-deep sense of Americana has never kept him from outside ethnic influences.
  • —Josef WoodardRolling Stone13 May 1993

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First Known Use of bone-deep

1950


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