[ boh-nee ]
/ ˈboʊ ni /

adjective, bon·i·er, bon·i·est.

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

Origin of bony

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

Related forms

bon·i·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for bony


/ (ˈbəʊnɪ) /

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 Forms

boniness, noun
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Medicine definitions for bony



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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