[ saw-bohnz ]
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noun,plural saw·bones, saw·bones·es.(used with a singular verb)Slang.
  1. a surgeon or physician.

Origin of sawbones

First recorded in 1830–40; saw1 + bone + -s3

Words Nearby sawbones Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use sawbones in a sentence

  • For many years he had carried in his body a Spanish bullet which the sawbones of his guerrilla band had been unable to extract.

    The Enemies of Women | Vicente Blasco Ibez
  • But I kin go to Bullhide for the sawbones in it, and bring him back, too.

  • The mediocre sawbones can always take a shop, go to India, marry a sickly widow, or invent a patent medicine.

    Mated from the Morgue | John Augustus O'Shea
  • Well, he's got an ugly hole in him, and it's hard hunting—the sawbones will have to find the lead.

    The Gold Hunter's Adventures | William H. Thomes
  • They had grudgingly allowed Clancey, the family sawbones, to call in a psychologist friend, Philip Warwick.

    The Short Life | Francis Donovan

British Dictionary definitions for sawbones


/ (ˈsɔːˌbəʊnz) /

nounplural -bones or -boneses
  1. slang a surgeon or doctor

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