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  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈbəʊnɪŋ/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈboʊnɪŋ/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -əʊnɪŋ



  1. present participle and gerund of bone


boning (plural bonings)

  1. The removal of bones from a carcass; filleting.
  2. The arrangement of bones in a corset.
  3. (slang, vulgar) An act of sexual intercourse.
    • 2012, John van de Ruit, Spud - Exit, Pursued by a Bear:
      How is it possible that somebody who looks like Thinny can have sex with so many women? Where are all these girls out there begging for bonings in cars?
  4. Bone structure.
    • 2008, Carolyn Melvin, Life with Animals, →ISBN, page 168:
      She had substantial boning and a wider pelvic girdle than our larger bitch.
    • 2012, Bronwyn Scott, How to Disgrace a Lady, →ISBN, page 95:
      She had a perfect nose, narrow and faintly sloped at the end to give it character. It fit the delicate boning of her face, the slightly raised cheekbones one could only fully appreciate in profile, the generous mouth.
    • 2013, Benjamin L. Hart, Lynette A. Hart, Your Ideal Cat, →ISBN:
      This is a breed that's a medium size with a short, cobby body and heavy boning.
  5. The fertilization of a field with bone meal.
    • 1858, The Farmer's Magazine, page 364:
      The long-continued good result of the bonings of the Cheshire farmers, effects which are said to be perceivable during the continuance of a lease, demonstrates that at least one known fertilizer is useful not merely for a season; and, moreover, as the enlightened Cheshire landlords have been long wont even to aid their tenantry in the requisite outlay for the bones, this further seems to prove that the land is not finally rendered less valuable by the more bountiful, and consequently more exhausting crops of grass that it is thus enabled to produce.
    • 1872, The Country Gentleman's Magazine - Volume 9, page 358:
      Of the 84½ acres of pasture, 55 acres is one field, formerly eight, a mile distant from homestead ; it presents a good herbage, the result of repeated bonings.
    • 2013, Joan Thirsk, English Peasant Farming, →ISBN, page 257:
      The soil, which was often only a few inches deep, and had hitherto been incapable of bearing crops was transformed by chalking, boning, by the planting of turnips, which, when eaten off by sheep, returned a rich manure to the ground, and by the use of oil cake for sheep feeding which enriched the land still further.
  6. The process or result of leveling using a boning rod.
    • 1900, Arthur Thomas Walmisley, Field work and instruments, page 264:
      Boning is performed with boning rods, which exactly resemble T squares, as shown in fig 1 (page 265).
    • 1913, Proceedings of the Institution of Municipal Engineers:
      The curbs being thus relaid to “bonings," they form the level from which all others are taken.
    • 1991, Dieter Arnold, Building in Egypt: Pharaonic Stone Masonry, →ISBN, page 256:
      This kind of boning would probably have been done crosswise over all four corners.
  7. Placement of a curse by pointing with a bone, practiced by Australian aborigines; an act of pointing the bone.
    • 1994, Dawn May, Aboriginal Labour and the Cattle Industry, →ISBN, page 87:
      The practice of 'boning' was particularly discouraged. Mrs Duncan Kemp remembered that on one occasion the white stockmen on her father's station had tied up an Aboriginal man and soundly beaten him after he had ignored repeated warnings about his 'boning' activities.
    • 2004, Peter G. Toohey, Peter M. Toohey, Melancholy, Love, and Time: Boundaries of the Self in Ancient Literature, →ISBN, page 139:
      As I say, Stagirius's symptons may well resemble those of an Aboriginal victim of boning.
    • 2018, Arthur W. Upfield, The Bone is Pointed, →ISBN:
      But the will to live, the will to achieve, was still strong, and with devastating suddenness it rebelled against the inevitability of the boning.

Derived terms[edit]





  1. husband of younger sister

Usage notes[edit]

Only used when the speaker is male. Otherwise, chawari is used.





boning c

  1. an abode, a dwelling
    Välkommen till min enkla boning!
    Welcome to my humble abode!


Declension of boning 
Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative boning boningen boningar boningarna
Genitive bonings boningens boningars boningarnas