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[boh-nee] /ˈboʊ ni/
adjective, bonier, boniest.
of or like bone.
full of bones.
having prominent bones; big-boned.
skinny; emaciated.
Origin of bony
1350-1400; Middle English boni. See bone, -y1
Related forms
boniness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for bony
  • Another method is to insert staples on each side of the bony growth plate.
  • Frequently this bony plate is more or less deficient, and then the ganglion is separated from the artery by fibrous membrane.
  • To the uninitiated, a real, live snapper is a turtle with a fierce bony beak.
  • His cheeks were sunken and his once-square chin, below his clipped mustache, was bony and sharp.
  • Learn to read those bony bumps, and you could know the mind within.
  • Caused by repeated friction and pressure from skin rubbing against bony areas or irregularity in a shoe.
  • And his face was angular, with a bony forehead and a predator's wide jaws.
  • At the same time, for a flying organism it is tremendously advantageous to have a light beak instead of bony teeth.
  • bony outgrowths along a medieval monk's spine indicate that he was severely obese.
  • Imagine the ribs of a reptile broadening and fusing to become the bony back-plate of a tortoise.
British Dictionary definitions for bony


adjective bonier, boniest
resembling or consisting of bone or bones
having many bones
having prominent bones: bony cheeks
thin or emaciated: a bony old woman
Derived Forms
boniness, noun
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Word Origin and History for bony

late 14c., from bone (n.) + -y (2).

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bony in Medicine

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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