big boned

big boned

1. Literally, having a larger bone structure than the average of one's demographic. Some people are naturally big boned, offering them a broader frame or greater height than others. It is often the big-boned men and women of the family who work the farm.
2. A euphemism for being overweight or obese, usually used as an excuse for one's size. I know that people think I have an eating problem, but really I'm just big boned!
See also: big, bone
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But what Karoline (with a K) and other big boned Captain (ette) s of the PR industry haven't grasped is that it doesn't make you thin in the first place.
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I'm 5ft 8ins, big boned, and I looked in proportion.
WHILE the girl singer and drummer may be big boned, the songs are low-fat and choppy.
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And dating a "bigger boned" man (well that's what girls always say "she's not fat, she's just big boned.