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Etymology 1

Old English bān. Cognate with Dutch been, German Bein ‘leg’.

Adjective

bone (not comparable)

Positive
bone

Comparative
not comparable

Superlative
none (absolute)

  1. (color) Of an off-white colour, like the colour of bone.
  2. (informal) Said of something that is rubbish or broken.

Noun

An animal bone

Singular
bone

Plural
s

bone (s)
  1. (uncountable) A composite material consisting largely of calcium phosphate and collagen and making up the skeleton of most vertebrates.
  2. (countable) Any of the components of an endoskeleton, made of bone.
  3. A bone of a fish; a fishbone
  4. One of the rigid parts of a corset that forms its frame, the boning, originally made of whalebone.
  5. (color) An off-white colour, like the colour of bone.
    bone colour:   
  6. (US, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) A dollar.
  7. (slang) An erect penis; a boner.
  8. (slang) Dominoes or dice.
  9. (slang) Shortened form of trombone.
Synonyms
  • (rigid parts of a corset): rib, stay
Translations
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Verb

Infinitive
to bone

Third person singular
bon

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
ing

to bone (third-person singular simple present bon, present participle ing, simple past and past participle -)
  1. To prepare (meat, etc) by removing the bone or bones from.
    "They boned the roast before placing it in the oven."
  2. (vulgar Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To have sexual intercourse with.
    So, did you bone her?
  3. (Australia, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) (In Aboriginal culture) To be the victim of "bone pointing", a ritual that is intended to bring illness or even death to the victim.
    • 1962, Arthur Upfield, The Will of the Tribe, Collier Books, page 48.
      "You don't know!", Bony echoed. "You can tell me who boned me fifteen years ago on the other side of the world, and you can't tell me who killed the white-fella in the Crater".
  4. To study (see also bone up)
    • 1896, Burt L. Standish, Frank Merriwell's Chums
      "I know it. You do not study." "What's the use of boning all the time! I wasn't cut out for it."
  5. To polish boots to a shiny finish
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Etymology 2

Origin unknown; probably related in some way to Etymology 1, above.

Verb

Infinitive
to bone

Third person singular
bon

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
es

to bone (third-person singular simple present bon, present participle es, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To apprehend, steal.
    • 1942: Therefore she wants to take results that belong to other people: she wants to bone everybody else's loaf. — Rebecca West, Black Lamb and Grey Falcon (Canongate 2006, p. 802)

Esperanto

Adverb

bone

  1. well, OK

Ido

Etymology

From bona, good.

Adverb

bone

  1. well

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