Definition of bonesetter in English:



  • A person, usually not formally qualified, who set broken or dislocated bones.

    • ‘For the most part, bone-setters were illiterate or, at best, badly educated and lived in poor rural districts.’
    • ‘Natural bone-setters are not without ability; they have not practiced their arts for years and learned nothing.’
    • ‘A Turkish study reported that traditional bone-setters who are skilful in their job are very successful in their society.’
    • ‘The best known family of herbalists is that of TEARS, of Ballawhane, in Andreas, and, of bone-setters, that of CLUCAS, of the Strang, in Braddan.’
    • ‘But she is now only one of five or six bonesetters practicing in San Pedro.’