boniness

bony

[boh-nee]
adjective, bonier, boniest.
1.
of or like bone.
2.
full of bones.
3.
having prominent bones; big-boned.
4.
skinny; emaciated.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English boni. See bone, -y1

boniness, noun
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bony (ˈbəʊnɪ)
 
adj , bonier, boniest
1.  resembling or consisting of bone or bones
2.  having many bones
3.  having prominent bones: bony cheeks
4.  thin or emaciated: a bony old woman
 
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bony
1530s, from bone + -y (2).
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bony bon·y or bon·ey (bō'nē)
adj. bon·i·er or bon·ey·er, bon·i·est or bon·ey·est

  1. Of, relating to, resembling, or consisting of bone.

  2. Having an internal skeleton of bones.

  3. Having prominent or protruding bones.

  4. Lean; scrawny.

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