saw·​bones | \ ˈsȯ-ˌbōnz How to pronounce sawbones (audio) \
plural sawbones or sawboneses

Definition of sawbones


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Synonyms & Antonyms for sawbones


croaker [slang], doc, doctor, medic, medico, physician


nondoctor, nonphysician

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Examples of sawbones in a Sentence

a real old-timer who remembers when you could expect a sawbones to make a house call

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Under the Knife 2 continues the story of Dr. Derek Stiles, the brilliant young sawbones from the original game. Earnest Cavalli, WIRED, "Review: Trauma Center 2 Is Routine Surgery," 1 July 2008

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First Known Use of sawbones

1837, in the meaning defined above

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involving a confidence or trust

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