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  • n. Alternative spelling of boneshaker.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A humorous name applied to the bicycle before the introduction of rubber or pneumatic tires and other improvements.


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • I think that P-far guy is competing in the bone-shaker version of the Tour, and has stopped so his team mechanic can replace a broken spoke.

    BSNYC Friday Fun Quiz!

  • I was grateful, at last, for all those bone-shaker lessons my governess forced me to take.

    The Vesuvius Club

  • The gradient on her route had taken a sharp upward turn, and her elderly bone-shaker was no moun tain bike.

    The Tycoon's Mistress

  • The company said they had stipulated a luxury touring coach with air-conditioning, but the bone-shaker was what had actually turned up.


  • A few years ago this uncertainty was to be expected, for, though the makers will not whisper it in Gath, we are only just getting out of the bone-shaker age of automobiles.

    The Automobilist Abroad

  • This primitive bone-shaker, dark-red in color, the body sitting on huge leather springs, was drawn by four teams of mules in tandem, and before revolution spread over the land was customarily packed to the roof and high above it with excursionists to

    Tramping Through Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras — Being the Random Notes of an Incurable Vagabond

  • We got here middle day, yesterday -- came over the hills from the railway in a regular old bone-shaker of a coach.

    The New Tenant

  • I am, unhappily, old enough to have been the owner of a bone-shaker, upon which I can assure you I had far more amusing times than on any of its luxurious progeny, even though they were fitted with every device that all the engineers 'brains in the world, together with the white hat and beard of Mr. Dunlop, have succeeded in inventing.

    A Boswell of Baghdad With Diversions

  • "Wonderful," said Mr. Beasley, evidently much impressed by Frank's ready manner, "when I was a boy, if a lad had a" bone-shaker "bicycle he thought he was doing something fine, and as for flying -- why, we never thought of it."

    The Boy Aviators in Africa

  • There is a mysterious bond of sympathy recognizable even between the old native-made bone-shaker and its Punjabi rider and the pale-faced Ferenghi Sahib mounted on his graceful triumph of Western ingenuity and mechanical skill.

    Around the World on a Bicycle - Volume II From Teheran To Yokohama


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  • Seems equally applicable to a car that is so old that, despite the advantage of running on a smoothly surfaced pavement (not the case for early cyclists), it suffers so much from mechanical deterioration that it provides for its passengers the discomforts experienced by those pioneers.

    May 9, 2012

  • Slang for velocipede--which ought to indicate the advanced state of the technological art at the time the slang was coined. The thought of riding one kind of makes me want to cup my hands protectively over my crotch.

    February 4, 2007