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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. euphemism Fat 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!
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