- The definition of skeletal means related to bones.
An example of skeletal used as an adjective is skeletal muscles, the muscles that move the bones and support the skeleton.
- Of, relating to, forming, or of the nature of a skeleton.
- Attached to or formed by a skeleton.
- So thin or emaciated as to appear bony.
- Extremely basic or simplified: a skeletal description of the events.
(comparative more skeletal, superlative most skeletal)
Variant of skeleton
- the hard framework of an animal body, supporting the tissues and protecting the organs; specif., all the bones collectively, or the bony framework, of a human being or other vertebrate animal
- anything like a skeleton in any of various ways
- a very lean or emaciated person or animal
- a supporting framework, as of a ship
- an outline or preliminary sketch, as of a novel
- the meager or devitalized remains of something
Origin of skeletonModern Latin ; from Classical Greek ; from skeleton (sōma), dried (body), mummy ; from skeletos, dried up, akin to sklēros, dry, hard ; from Indo-European base an unverified form (s)kel- from source shallow
- of or like a skeleton; specif., of, or having the nature of, the main or essential outline, framework, etc.: a skeleton plan
- greatly reduced: a skeleton force
skeleton at the feast
skeleton in the closet