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[raw-bohnd] /ˈrɔˈboʊnd/
having little flesh, especially on a large-boned frame; gaunt.
Origin of rawboned
1585-95; raw + boned Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for raw-boned
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  • O-liver had in mind a red-haired woman, raw-boned, with come-hither eyes.

    The Gay Cockade Temple Bailey
  • “You have a walk and cool yourself,” suggested the raw-boned lady.

    Tommy and Co. Jerome K. Jerome
  • He was long-armed and raw-boned, and he rather fancied himself in a rough and tumble.

    Poor Man's Rock Bertrand W. Sinclair
  • They had a mutual friend, a raw-boned youth she had met at Cambridge.

    All Roads Lead to Calvary Jerome K. Jerome
  • He held my stirrup, and then jumped on to a raw-boned beast which had been 'borrowed' for him by his friends, so he informed me.

    Oriental Encounters Marmaduke Pickthall
  • They were raw-boned, seedy-looking lads, of from seventeen to twenty-two.

  • He found a tall, raw-boned man sitting in one of Tom's chairs.

    The Walking Delegate Leroy Scott
  • His new clothes fitted him better; he had lost that raw-boned look.

    Stubble George Looms
  • From the group of half a dozen horses which stood before the saloon he selected the best—a tall, raw-boned nag with an ugly head.

    Riders of the Silences John Frederick
  • I can see him now, rising of six feet-three, as I told you, and long-legged and raw-boned.

    Back Home Irvin S. Cobb
British Dictionary definitions for raw-boned


having a lean bony physique
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Word Origin and History for raw-boned

"having little flesh on the bones, gaunt," from raw (adj.) + bone (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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raw-boned in Medicine

rawboned raw·boned (rô'bōnd')
Having a lean, gaunt frame with prominent bones.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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