Definition of bony in English:

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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.
Example sentences
  • 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.



Example sentences
  • 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.

Words that rhyme with bony

abalone, Albinoni, Annigoni, Antonioni, baloney, Bodoni, boloney, calzone, cannelloni, canzone, cicerone, coney, conversazione, coronae, crony, Gaborone, Giorgione, macaroni, Manzoni, Marconi, mascarpone, minestrone, Moroni, Mulroney, padrone, panettoni, pepperoni, phoney, polony, pony, rigatoni, Shoshone, Sloaney, stony, Toni, tony, zabaglione

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Syllabification: bon·y

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