having little flesh, especially on a large-boned frame; gaunt.

Origin of rawboned

First recorded in 1585–95; raw + boned
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Examples from the Web for raw-boned

Historical Examples of raw-boned

  • They had a mutual friend, a raw-boned youth she had met at Cambridge.

  • It was not a very fat mule, however, but raw-boned and gaunt as a Pyrenean wolf.


    Mayne Reid

  • “You have a walk and cool yourself,” suggested the raw-boned lady.

    Tommy and Co.

    Jerome K. Jerome

  • They were raw-boned, seedy-looking lads, of from seventeen to twenty-two.

  • His new clothes fitted him better; he had lost that raw-boned look.


    George Looms

British Dictionary definitions for raw-boned



having a lean bony physique
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Word Origin and History for raw-boned

"having little flesh on the bones, gaunt," from raw (adj.) + bone (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

raw-boned in Medicine




Having a lean, gaunt frame with prominent bones.
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