adjective (bonier, boniest)
- 1Of or like bone: the bony plates that protect turtles and tortoisesMore example sentences
- 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 fingersMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.2(Of a fish eaten as food) having many bones.More 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.
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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.