- one of the structures composing the skeleton of a vertebrate.
- the hard connective tissue forming the substance of the skeleton of most vertebrates, composed of a collagen-rich organic matrix impregnated with calcium, phosphate, and other minerals.
verb (used with object), boned, bon·ing.
- to deal with in a direct manner; act or speak openly: He makes no bones about his dislike of modern music.
- to have no fear of or objection to.
- to the essentials; to the minimum: The government cut social service programs to the bone.
- to an extreme degree; thoroughly: chilled to the bone.
Origin of bone
Related Words for boningbedevil, annoy, nag, torture, tease, vex, bother, pester, irritate, hurt, harass, plague, smite, mistreat, afflict, hound, molest, crucify, break, devil
Examples from the Web for boning
Contemporary Examples of boning
But instead of boning up on trivia, he read my blog—and schooled himself on game theory.How I Taught Arthur Chu to Be the ‘Jeopardy!’ Champ Everyone Loves to Hate
February 21, 2014
For the young socialite, who is hotly tipped to marry Prince Harry, appears to be boning up babies.Baby Books Suggest Cressida Bonas Has Babies On The Brain
December 5, 2013
Also, on their honeymoon, Edward breaks the bedframe from the ferocity of boning.The Future of Twilight
July 1, 2010
Historical Examples of boning
The work of boning is not difficult, but it requires practice.The Italian Cook Book
"Come up to my room whenever you can, and help me with my boning," he added.The Trail of the Hawk
The following process of boning, however, applies to all birds.Choice Cookery
They were walking up and down the campus "boning" furiously.At Good Old Siwash
No boning to do, and we can slip away with some eats on the side and have a grub-fest.Tom Fairfield's Hunting Trip
- risqué or indecenthis jokes are rather close to the bone
- in poverty; destitute
- to be direct and candid about
- to have no scruples about
- to wish bad luck (on)
- to threaten to bring about the downfall (of)
verb (mainly tr)
Word Origin for bone
Old English ban "bone, tusk," from Proto-Germanic *bainam (cf. Old Frisian ben, Old Norse bein, Danish ben, German Bein). No cognates outside Germanic (the common PIE root is *os-; see osseous); the Norse, Dutch, and German cognates also mean "shank of the leg," and this is the main meaning in Modern German, but English never seems to have had this sense.
especially in bone up "study," 1880s student slang, probably from "Bohn's Classical Library," a popular series in higher education published by German-born English publisher Henry George Bohn (1796-1884) as part of a broad series of "libraries" he issued from 1846, totaling 766 volumes, continued after 1864 by G. Bell & Sons.
In addition to the idioms beginning with bone
- bone of contention
- bone to pick, have a
- bone up
- bare bones
- chilled to the bone
- cut to the bone
- feel in one's bones
- funny bone
- make no bones about
- pull a boner
- roll the bones
- skin and bones
- work one's fingers to the bone