Meaning of bare-boned in English:


Pronunciation /ˈbɛːbəʊnd/


  • 1Having the bones completely exposed; fleshless. Also in weakened use: so thin that the bones can be seen under the skin; extremely lean, gaunt, emaciated.

  • 2 figurative Reduced to or comprising only the basic or essential elements of something; sparse, basic, simple, minimal.


Late 16th century; earliest use found in William Shakespeare (1564–1616), playwright and poet. From bare + boned.