adjective, bonier, boniest.
of or like bone.
full of bones.
having prominent bones; big-boned.
skinny; emaciated.

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

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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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Word Origin & History

1530s, from bone + -y (2).
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Medical Dictionary

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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Example sentences
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.
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