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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If the feline in your life is good - or big boned - enough to be Cat Of The Week, send a photo and details to polly.
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I'm overweight but I'm healthy," or "I'm just big boned," or "I'm curvy" were frequently stated euphemisms respondents used to describe their overweight body type.
I'm 5ft 8ins, big boned, and I looked in proportion.