boneless

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

bone + -less

Adjective[edit]

boneless (comparative more boneless, superlative most boneless)

  1. Without bones, especially as pertaining to meat or poultry prepared for eating.
    • 1906, Upton Sinclair, The Jungle, Chapter 14
      The packers were always originating such schemes—they had what they called "boneless hams," which were all the odds and ends of pork stuffed into casings.
  2. (chiefly UK, figuratively) Lacking strength, courage, or resolve; spineless.

References[edit]

  • Oxford English Dictionary, 2nd ed., 1989.