big-boned

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big-boned (comparative more big-boned, superlative most big-boned)

  1. Used other than as an idiom: Having large bones.
    • 1904, Rudyard Kipling, They
      ...big-boned womenfolk strode away from their tea-tables to listen to the imperious Doctor.
  2. (humorous or euphemistic) Fat, obese.
    • 1999, Nicole Hollander, My Cat's Not Fat, He's Just Big-Boned
    • 2009, Harold Schechter, The Whole Death Catalog: A Lively Guide to the Bitter End
      Coffins for the Big-Boned. As the media never tires of telling us, America has become a junk-food nation with the fattest population on the planet.