bony

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adjective \ˈbō-nē\

Definition of bony

bonier

;

boniest

  1. 1a :  consisting of boneb :  resembling bone

  2. 2a :  full of bones <a bony piece of fish>b :  having prominent bones <a rugged bony face>

  3. 3a :  skinny, scrawnyb :  barren, lean

Examples of bony in a sentence

  1. a bony piece of fish

  2. <that bony old horse may have been deliberately starved>

14th Century

First Known Use of bony

14th century

Variants of bony

or less commonly

boney


BONY Defined for English Language Learners

bony

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adjective \ˈbō-nē\

Definition of bony for English Language Learners

  • : resembling bone

  • : full of bones

  • : having large or noticeable bones


BONY Defined for Kids

bony

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adjective \ˈbō-nē\

Definition of bony for Students

bonier

boniest

  1. 1 :  of or relating to bone <a bony growth>

  2. 2 :  like bone especially in hardness <bony material>

  3. 3 :  having bones and especially large or noticeable bones <a bony fish> <bony hands>

  4. 4 :  very thin <He is tall and bony.>


Medical Dictionary

bony

adjective

Medical Definition of bony

bonier

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est

  1. :  consisting of or resembling bone <bony prominences of the skull>

Variants of bony

also

boney

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