bony

adjective
\ ˈbō-nē How to pronounce bony (audio) \
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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Photos of the bony bodies of children tell the story of widespread malnutrition. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Revolt in Venezuela," 23 Jan. 2019 The owner of the bony hand was none other than Marley himself. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "Chained mixes virtual reality and live actors to tell a dark Christmas tale," 5 Dec. 2018 But with congenital radioulnar synostosis, a bony bridge forms between the two instead, connecting them together due to underdevelopment of the proximal joint, which connects the radius and ulna bones at the elbow. Sarah Valenzuela, SELF, "My Congenital Disorder Confuses a Lot of Trainers, So I Have to Be My Own Fitness Expert," 9 Nov. 2018 Artist Salvador Dalí bought this place in 1930 as a single fisherman’s hut, expanding it, absorbing the neighbors’ cabins, and creating a fantastical web of bony corridors that’s like the wandering tendrils of a creature. Gemma Askham, Condé Nast Traveler, "5 Best Day Trips from Barcelona," 4 Mar. 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 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

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First Known Use of bony

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

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bony

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of bony

: resembling bone
: full of bones
: having large or noticeable bones

bony

adjective
\ ˈbō-nē How to pronounce bony (audio) \
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 How to pronounce boney (audio) \
bonier; boniest

Medical Definition of bony

: consisting of or resembling bone bony prominences of the skull

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