: 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 McCallum, Sports Illustrated, 31 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 Journal, 14 Sept. 2012
: very thorough or deeply felt
bone-deep weariness
The man has a bone-deep understanding of what motivates human beings.Deirdre Donahue, USA Today, 21 Oct. 2010
: deeply ingrained
Ry Cooder's bone-deep sense of Americana has never kept him from outside ethnic influences.Josef Woodard, Rolling Stone, 13 May 1993

Word History

First Known Use

1950, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of bone-deep was in 1950

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“Bone-deep.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

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