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  1. Slang. a cemetery.

  2. Slang. an area where old or discarded cars, ships, planes, etc., are collected prior to being broken up for scrap or otherwise disposed of.

  1. Also called stock. Dominoes. the bank, consisting of the remaining dominoes after each person has made an initial draw.

  2. a place or area where the bones of wild animals accumulate or are collected.

Origin of boneyard

An Americanism dating back to 1850–55; bone + yard2

Words Nearby boneyard Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use boneyard in a sentence

  • Hawthorne would plainly have seized the romantic essence of the idea and would have avoided the boneyard of ‘problem morality.’

    Robert Louis Stevenson | Walter Raleigh
  • What had been a flourishing cattle country was a boneyard where the agents of fertilizer factories bargained for skeletons.

  • I've seen 'all-right' men like you hitting the hurry trail for the boneyard before now.

    The Trail of '98 | Robert W. Service
  • If it hadn't been for my dog his old boneyard could never have gone twice around the track, anyway.

  • Then one day he drove a team of boneyard mules into Blue Dog with a wagonload of stuff that the natives stared at.

British Dictionary definitions for boneyard


/ (ˈbəʊnˌjɑːd) /

  1. an informal name for a cemetery

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