[ big-bohnd ]

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

Origin of big-boned

First recorded in 1600–10

Words Nearby big-boned Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use big-boned in a sentence

  • The low-ceiled dining-room suddenly shrank about the big-boned, long legged hill man.

    Greyfriars Bobby | Eleanor Atkinson
  • Brown hands, lean but big-boned and powerful, clasped a rifle having a long slender barrel and a beautifully carved stock.

    The Young Trailers | Joseph A. Altsheler
  • Tucker Jones, a big–boned, rugged young fisherman, was quickly established in the vacant berth.

    Fighting the Sea | Edward A. Rand
  • The renowned chestnut, Gang Forward, and a big-boned bay horse named Neckesgat were the lords of the harem.

  • The blow was dealt straight between his eyes: he was a gross big-boned man, and he fell heavily.

    The Black Robe | Wilkie Collins