having a bone structure that is massive in contrast with the surrounding flesh.

Origin of big-boned

First recorded in 1600–10 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for big-boned

Historical Examples of big-boned

  • Jane was big-boned like her mother, but Susan was short and plump and merry like her father.

    Coniston, Complete

    Winston Churchill

  • If only, oh, if only he could put life into that great six-foot, big-boned frame!

    Incredible Adventures

    Algernon Blackwood

  • He was big-boned, loose-jointed, and so sandy that it was a riddle to guess his age.

    At Start and Finish

    William Lindsey

  • For Pete was big-boned and strong, and promised to be an ugly customer in a battle.

    The Vast Abyss

    George Manville Fenn

  • Alex Cantling was a big-boned, clean-shaven, healthy-looking man.