Definition of bony in English:


Syllabification: bon·y
Pronunciation: /ˈbōnē

adjective (bonier, boniest)

1Of or like bone: the bony plates that protect turtles and tortoises
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  • Dermal bone consists of bony structures (plates and scales) that develop in the skin.
  • The dome of the skull, for example, is made of bony plates, which must be immovable to protect the brain.
  • The bony plates on the armadillos' back serves as protective armour from predators.
1.1(Of a person or part of the body) so thin that the bones are prominent: he held up his bony fingers
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  • One by one, shadowy, transparent figures of skinny, bony people appeared all around.
  • The bony woman waved one gangly arm at another set of double doors that Sam hadn't noticed before.
  • For I wasn't even really there, just a bit of my mind was left in my bony body.
gaunt, angular, skinny, thin, lean, spare, spindly, skin-and-bones, skeletal, emaciated, underweight
informal anorexic, (looking) like a bag of bones
1.2(Of a fish eaten as food) having many bones.
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  • Steamed fish or bony kippers don't feature much in today's childhood diets.
  • Their diet consists primarily of bony fishes and small sharks, including young bull sharks, but they have been known to feast on everything from seabirds to dogs.
  • For the most part, bull sharks dine on bony fishes or smaller sharks - but they sometimes aggressively tackle much larger prey.



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  • It is an uncomfortable feeling to find in her sickness the conventions of beauty - boniness and pallor.
  • The critic recently slammed her ‘obscene’ boniness, which she felt cynically exploited real-life victims of famine, illness and genocide.
  • Somehow his boniness and gauntness extends to his personality.

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