bony

adjective
\ˈbō-nē \
variants: or less commonly boney
bonier; boniest

Definition of bony 

1a : consisting of bone

b : resembling bone

2a : full of bones a bony piece of fish

b : having prominent bones a rugged bony face

3a : skinny, scrawny

b : barren, lean

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Examples of bony in a Sentence

a bony piece of fish that bony old horse may have been deliberately starved

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Beside a spit of land jutting into a swampy enclosure, a female crocodile breaks the waterline, the bony ridges on her back jagged like an electrocardiogram. Shanna Baker, Smithsonian, "The Quest to Preserve the Last of Castro’s Crocodiles," 21 June 2018 Beside a spit of land jutting into a swampy enclosure, a female crocodile breaks the waterline, the bony ridges on her back jagged like an electrocardiogram. Shanna Baker, Smithsonian, "The Quest to Preserve the Last of Castro’s Crocodiles," 21 June 2018 Beside a spit of land jutting into a swampy enclosure, a female crocodile breaks the waterline, the bony ridges on her back jagged like an electrocardiogram. Shanna Baker, Smithsonian, "The Quest to Preserve the Last of Castro’s Crocodiles," 21 June 2018 But who knew those bony little flappers could also be stuffed? Craig Laban, Philly.com, "Chicken game changer: Cambodian stuffed wings," 8 May 2018 Cunningham has a general rule for impact: no bony parts. Malia Wollan, New York Times, "How to Pratfall," 19 Jan. 2018 Beside a spit of land jutting into a swampy enclosure, a female crocodile breaks the waterline, the bony ridges on her back jagged like an electrocardiogram. Krista Stevens, Longreads, "On Saving the Cuban Crocodile from American Invasion," 22 June 2018 The ball of this ball-and-socket joint had been flattened by wear and tear, and its no-longer-smooth surface was now in direct contact with the bony cup of the socket. Lisa Sanders, New York Times, "The Patient Had Pain When He Walked, but There Was a More Telling Change," 27 June 2018 Jahi went into cardiac arrest while recovering from surgery to remove her tonsils, adenoids and uvula along with bony structures from her nose and throat and palate tissue. CBS News, "Jahi McMath taken out of Oakland hospital in private ambulance, now in custody of mom," 6 Jan. 2014

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First Known Use of bony

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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More Definitions for bony

bony

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of bony

: resembling bone

: full of bones

: having large or noticeable bones

bony

adjective
\ˈbō-nē \
bonier; boniest

Kids Definition of bony

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.

bony

adjective
variants: also boney \ˈbō-nē \
bonier; boniest

Medical Definition of bony 

: consisting of or resembling bone bony prominences of the skull

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