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  • n. the property or degree of being bony

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The condition or quality of being bony.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state or quality of being bony.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. extreme leanness (usually caused by starvation or disease)


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  • Same in Canada, a Muskies, "boniness" varies on the season, and how well the fish is eating, but if you are asking for eating reasons, then i have no idea.

    Obama's "bow"

  • Thin to the point of boniness, with a sharp-angled face, sparse graying hair, and mournful eyes, he was easily accepted by drug dealers as a likely customer to purchase a fix.

    I’ll Walk Alone

  • His fingers 'long boniness brought me back to an old familiarity.

    Coming Back To Earth As A Dog

  • Beneath the coat he wore a green shirt with the top three buttons opened, revealing a chest of tubercular hue and boniness, offset by a rakish red kerchief drawn loosely around his thin neck.


  • As a society, we have to break the equation of celebrity and boniness.

    Liz Perle: The Model of Thin

  • Weird milky eyes with no pupil, limbs too long for their thin boniness, and they ... bent.

    Asimov's Science Fiction

  • Hudson was within shouting distance of fifty, thin to the point of boniness, with a sharp nose and a sharp tongue and a refined voice.

    Two Weeks To Remember

  • One of the delightful things about her was that she was obviously going to make an admirable old lady; the delicate boniness of her face and the clearness of her skin assured that.

    O. Henry Memorial Award Prize Stories of 1920

  • "You needn't worry over my boniness," she assured him cheerfully.

    The Vision of Desire

  • Envious to behold the extremes of boniness, which then, as now, doubtless characterized the strong-minded females, he concealed himself in a neighboring bathing-house, and brought his opera-glass to bear on the group.

    Punchinello, Volume 1, No. 12, June 18, 1870


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