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

Origin of rawboned

First recorded in 1585–95; raw + boned
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Related Words for rawboned

angular, gaunt, lanky, lean, scrawny

Examples from the Web for rawboned

Historical Examples of rawboned

  • He put me on a rawboned bay who, he said, was a "great goer."

    A Woman Tenderfoot

    Grace Gallatin Seton-Thompson

  • Captain Davis, rawboned and brown-faced, waved a welcome to them from the side door.

    Cap'n Eri

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln

  • “You did,” said the big, rawboned man at whom he was staring.

    Daughters of Doom

    Herbert B. Livingston

  • Was she, for instance, the underdressed one with the mole, or the rawboned giggler?

    It Never Can Happen Again

    William De Morgan

  • Tess was cantering along on rawboned Nellie in beautiful unconcern.


    Dana Gatlin

British Dictionary definitions for rawboned



having a lean bony physique
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rawboned in Medicine




Having a lean, gaunt frame with prominent bones.
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