- A piece of whalebone or similar material used as a corset stay.
Bone a fish.
- A corset stay.
So, did you bone her?
An example of bone is to cram for a test.
An example of bone is to remove the ribs from a chicken breast.
An example of a bone is a rib.
- The subject of a dispute.
- Grounds for a complaint or dispute.
- In one's innermost feelings:.Knew in my bones that I was wrong.
- To an extreme degree:.Was chilled to the bone; cut the budget to the bone.
- To have an intuition or presentiment.
- To have something to quarrel or complain about.
- To make no attempt to hide; admit freely.
- To have no objection to or qualms about.
- To reward someone in a meager and patronizing way.
- To the core; thoroughly and essentially.She's a conservative to the bone.
- To work very hard.
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of bone
- Middle English bon from Old English bān
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English bon, from Old English bān (“bone, tusk; the bone of a limb”), from Proto-Germanic *bainą (“bone”), from Proto-Germanic *bainaz (“straight”), from Proto-Indo-European *bhey- (“to hit, strike, beat”). Cognate with Scots bane, been, bean, bein, bain (“bone”), North Frisian bien (“bone”), West Frisian bien (“bone”), Dutch been (“bone; leg”), German Low German Been, Bein (“bone”), German Bein (“leg”), German Gebein (“bones”), Swedish ben (“bone; leg”), Icelandic bein (“bone”), Breton benañ (“to cut, hew”), Latin perfinēs (“break through, break into pieces, shatter”), Avestan byente (“they fight, hit”). Related also to Old Norse beinn (“straight, right, favourable, advantageous, convenient, friendly, fair, keen”) (from whence Middle English bain, bayne, bayn, beyn (“direct, prompt”), Scots bein, bien (“in good condition, pleasant, well-to-do, cosy, well-stocked, pleasant, keen”)), Icelandic beinn (“straight, direct, hospitable”), Norwegian bein (“straight, direct, easy to deal with”). See bain, bein.
- French bornoyer to look at with one eye, to sight, from borgne one-eyed.
- Origin unknown; probably related in some way to Etymology 1, above.