Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.


The work of boning is not difficult, but it requires practice.

"Come up to my room whenever you can, and help me with my boning," he added.

The following process of boning, however, applies to all birds.

They were walking up and down the campus "boning" furiously.

No boning to do, and we can slip away with some eats on the side and have a grub-fest.

As boning meat before cooking is now a very general practice, a quantity of fresh bones may always be obtained.

He had just been licking me for boning a strap of his skate.

The work of boning is not difficult, but requires care and a little practice.

Andy was “boning” on his German, with which he had had considerable difficulty.

No longer did he hold aloof, boning always, in his lonely room.


Old English ban "bone, tusk," from Proto-Germanic *bainam (cf. Old Frisian ben, Old Norse bein, Danish ben, German Bein). No cognates outside Germanic (the common PIE root is *os-; see osseous); the Norse, Dutch, and German cognates also mean "shank of the leg," and this is the main meaning in Modern German, but English never seems to have had this sense.