bony

adjective \ ˈbō-nē \
variants: or less commonly boney
Updated on: 17 Apr 2018
bonier; boniest
1 a : consisting of bone
b : resembling bone
2 a : full of bones
  • a bony piece of fish
b : having prominent bones
  • a rugged bony face
3 a : skinny, scrawny
b : barren, lean

Examples of bony in a Sentence

  1. a bony piece of fish

  2. that bony old horse may have been deliberately starved

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First Known Use of bony

14th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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BONY Defined for English Language Learners

bony

  • : resembling bone

  • : full of bones

  • : having large or noticeable bones


BONY Defined for Kids

bony

adjective \ ˈbō-nē \
bonier; boniest
1 : of or relating to bone
  • a bony growth
2 : like bone especially in hardness
  • bony material
3 : having bones and especially large or noticeable bones
  • a bony fish
  • bony hands
4 : very thin
  • He is tall and bony.

Medical Dictionary

bony

adjective
variants: also boney play \ˈbō-nē\
bonier; boniest
: consisting of or resembling bone
  • bony prominences of the skull


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