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[raw-bohnd] /ˈrɔˈboʊnd/
having little flesh, especially on a large-boned frame; gaunt.
Origin of rawboned
First recorded in 1585-95; raw + boned Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Historical Examples
  • They had a mutual friend, a raw-boned youth she had met at Cambridge.

    All Roads Lead to Calvary Jerome K. Jerome
  • It was not a very fat mule, however, but raw-boned and gaunt as a Pyrenean wolf.

    Bruin Mayne Reid
  • “You have a walk and cool yourself,” suggested the raw-boned lady.

    Tommy and Co. Jerome K. Jerome
  • They were raw-boned, seedy-looking lads, of from seventeen to twenty-two.

  • His new clothes fitted him better; he had lost that raw-boned look.


    George Looms
  • I can see him now, rising of six feet-three, as I told you, and long-legged and raw-boned.

    Back Home Irvin S. Cobb
  • Near the edge of the crater stood a big, raw-boned black mule.

    Jim Charles G. D. Roberts
  • He is six feet two inches in height, raw-boned, and of sanguine temperament.

    Then and Now Robert Vaughn
  • He was a large, raw-boned man, of a quarrelsome disposition.

  • He was a tall, raw-boned man with a dull, sluggish appearance.

British Dictionary definitions for raw-boned


having a lean bony physique
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Word Origin and History for raw-boned

"having little flesh on the bones, gaunt," from raw (adj.) + bone (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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raw-boned in Medicine

rawboned raw·boned (rô'bōnd')
Having a lean, gaunt frame with prominent bones.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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