See also: bone idle
Laziness that penetrates the very bones. Attested 1836. Similar terms (bone-lazy, bone-sore, bone-tired) pre-dated it in The Vocabulary Of East Anglia, 1830, Robert Forby.
bone-idle (not comparable)
- (Britain, idiomatic) utterly lazy
- 1836, Thomas Carlyle, New Letters:
- For the last three weeks I have been going what you call bone-idle.