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bon·y

or bon·ey  (bō′nē)
adj. bon·i·er, bon·i·est also bon·ey·er or bon·ey·est
1. Of, relating to, resembling, or consisting of bone.
2. Having an internal skeleton of bones.
3. Full of bones: a bony fillet of fish.
4.
a. Having prominent or protruding bones: a bony wrist.
b. Lean; scrawny.

bon′i·ness n.

bony

(ˈbəʊnɪ)
adj, bonier or 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.
ˈboniness n

bon•y

(ˈboʊ ni)

adj. bon•i•er, bon•i•est.
1. of or like bone.
2. full of bones.
3. having prominent bones; big-boned.
4. skinny; gaunt; emaciated.
[1350–1400]
bon′i•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.bony - very thin especially from disease or hunger or cold; "emaciated bony hands"; "a nightmare population of gaunt men and skeletal boys"; "eyes were haggard and cavernous"; "small pinched faces"; "kept life in his wasted frame only by grim concentration"
lean, thin - lacking excess flesh; "you can't be too rich or too thin"; "Yon Cassius has a lean and hungry look"-Shakespeare
2.bony - composed of or containing bone; "osseous tissue"
3.bony - having bones especially many or prominent bones; "a bony shad fillet"; "her bony wrist"; "bony fish"
boneless - being without a bone or bones; "jellyfish are boneless"

bony

adjective thin, lean, skinny, angular, gaunt, skeletal, haggard, emaciated, scrawny, undernourished, cadaverous, rawboned, macilent (rare) an old man with a bony face and white hair

bony

adjective
Having little flesh or fat on the body:
Idioms: all skin and bones, thin as a rail.
Translations
عَظْمِيكَثيرُ العِظامنَحيلٌ
hubenýkost a kůžekostěnýplný kostí
benetfuld af bentynd
luinenluisevaluumainenruotoinen
csontos
beinaberbeinkenndurbeinóttur
kostenýplný kostí
bir deri bir kemikçok incekemik gibikemiklikılçıklı

bony

[ˈbəʊnɪ] ADJ (bonier (compar) (boniest (superl)))
1. (= having bones) → huesudo; [fish] → espinoso, lleno de espinas
2. (= like bone) → óseo
3. (= thin) [person] → flaco, delgado

bony

[ˈbəʊni] adj
(= thin) [face, hands, fingers] → osseux/euse; [person] → anguleux/euse
(ANATOMY) (= made of bone) [tissue, jaw, ridge] → osseux/euse
[fish] → plein(e) d'arêtes

bony

adj (+er) (= of bone)knöchern; (= like bone)knochenartig; person, knee, hipsknochig; fishgrätig, mit viel Gräten; meatmit viel Knochen

bony

[ˈbəʊnɪ] adj (-ier (comp) (-iest (superl))) (thin, person) → angoloso/a, ossuto/a; (made of bone, frame) → osseo/a; (fish) → pieno/a di lische; (meat) → con parecchio osso; (like bone) → simile a osso

bone

(bəun) noun
1. the hard substance forming the skeleton of man, animals etc. Bone decays far more slowly than flesh.
2. a piece of this substance. She broke two of the bones in her foot.
verb
to take the bones out of (fish etc).
ˈbony adjective
1. like bone. a bony substance.
2. full of bones. This fish is very bony.
3. thin. bony fingers.
bone china
china in whose manufacture the ashes of burnt bones are used.
bone idle
very lazy. He could find a job but he's bone idle.
a bone of contention
a cause of argument or quarrelling. Ownership of the boat was a bone of contention between the two men for many years.
have a bone to pick with (someone)
to have something to argue about with (a person).
to the bone
1. thoroughly and completely. I was chilled to the bone.
2. to the minimum. I've cut my expenses to the bone.
References in classic literature ?
As Rose stood looking in that direction, and wondering if a rat had got shut in, the door of the case swung slowly open, and with a great start she saw a bony arm lifted, and a bony finger beckon to her.
Such trains of oaths would come rolling and pealing over the way, sometimes, when he was denouncing the idleness of the bony apprentice with the thin legs, that Nathaniel Pipkin would shake in his shoes with horror, and the hair of the pupils' heads would stand on end with fright.
But it's my opinion as there's them at the head o' this country as are worse enemies to us nor Bony and all the mounseers he's got at 's back; for as for the mounseers, you may skewer half-a-dozen of 'em at once as if they war frogs.
It was a big horse, tall and bony, with long legs and large knees and feet.
And then about him coiled the great, slimy folds of a hideous monster of that prehistoric deep--a mighty serpent of the sea, with fanged jaws, and darting forked tongue, with bulging eyes, and bony protuberances upon head and snout that formed short, stout horns.
Regarding the Sperm whale's head as a solid oblong, you may, on an inclined plane, sideways divide it into two quoins, whereof the lower is the bony structure, forming the cranium and jaws, and the upper an unctuous mass wholly free from bones; its broad forward end forming the expanded vertical apparent forehead of the whale.
The old man paused with a blank stare for a little while, holding the one key erect on the ring; then with an agitated jerk he began to work with his bony left hand at emptying the tin box before him.
As it is, parts of her back country are enough to frighten one, they look so bony.
At this the robber ran back as fast as he could to his comrades, and told the captain how a horrid witch had got into the house, and had spat at him and scratched his face with her long bony fingers; how a man with a knife in his hand had hidden himself behind the door, and stabbed him in the leg; how a black monster stood in the yard and struck him with a club, and how the devil had sat upon the top of the house and cried out, 'Throw the rascal up here
With a pair of felt boots on his thin bony legs, and keeping on a worn, nankeen-covered, sheepskin coat, the traveler sat down on the sofa, leaned back his big head with its broad temples and close-cropped hair, and looked at Bezukhov.
Consider, then, what must be the resistance of their bony structure, and the strength of their organisation to withstand such pressure
The noble art of self-defence appeared to be regarded by them as the peculiar gift of the white man; and I make little doubt that they supposed armies of Europeans were drawn up provided with nothing else but bony fists and stout hearts, with which they set to in column, and pummelled one another at the word of command.