bony

[boh-nee]

adjective, bon·i·er, bon·i·est.

of or like bone.
full of bones.
having prominent bones; big-boned.
skinny; emaciated.

Nearby words

  1. bonus army,
  2. bonus baby,
  3. bonus eventus,
  4. bonus issue,
  5. bonxie,
  6. bony ankylosis,
  7. bony bream,
  8. bony fish,
  9. bony labyrinth,
  10. bony palate

Origin of bony

First recorded in 1350–1400, bony is from the Middle English word boni. See bone, -y1

Related formsbon·i·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for bony

bony

adjective bonier or boniest

resembling or consisting of bone or bones
having many bones
having prominent bonesbony cheeks
thin or emaciateda bony old woman
Derived Formsboniness, noun

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Word Origin and History for bony

bony

adj.

late 14c., from bone (n.) + -y (2).

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Medicine definitions for bony

bony

adj.

Of, relating to, resembling, or consisting of bone.
Having an internal skeleton of bones.
Having prominent or protruding bones.
Lean; scrawny.

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