One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of a person or animal) of larger than average build.‘a physically imposing man, tall and big-boned’
- ‘He was a big-boned man of perhaps sixty, with a thick black moustache and a head of curly Mediterranean hair.’
- ‘He's not fat, he's big-boned.’
- ‘My father is six-foot-two, a big-boned farmer with a thick, strong body.’
- ‘He is a physically imposing man, tall and big-boned, who looks as earnest and stern as a Presbyterian minister.’
- ‘These loads are for big-boned, heavily muscled critters.’
- ‘My mother is a big-boned woman.’
- ‘Barbara's elegant mother, however, would have preferred a more feminine daughter than this big-boned, overweight youngster.’
- ‘Now I'm a perfectly healthy, big-boned girl with impeccable vision.’
- ‘Both are significantly smaller than our "big-boned" domestic house cat who now weighs in at a pudgy 15 lbs.’
- ‘No, I was just a tall, big-boned, and still very clumsy girl.’
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