big-boned
   fat
   The phrase is used of children and adults, seeking to suggest that their frame needs the extra padding:
    ... in his beefy adolescence his mother had tactfully described him as 'big-boned', though 'burly' was how he now liked to see himself. (Boyd, 1981)

How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms. . 2014.

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  • big-boned — adj a big boned person is large without being fat …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • big-boned — adjective having a bone structure that is massive in contrast with the surrounding flesh • Similar to: ↑robust * * * ˈ ̷ ̷| ̷ ̷ adjective : having the skeletal structure large and rugged in comparison to the fleshy parts : somewhat rawboned * * * …   Useful english dictionary

  • big-boned — adjective a) Having large bones. ...big boned womenfolk strode away from their tea tables to listen to the imperious Doctor. b) Fat, obese. Coffins for the Big Boned. As the media never tires of telling us, America has become a junk food nation… …   Wiktionary

  • big-boned — /big bohnd /, adj. having a bone structure that is massive in contrast with the surrounding flesh. [1600 10] * * * …   Universalium

  • Boned — Boned, a. 1. Having (such) bones; used in composition; as, big boned; strong boned. [1913 Webster] No big boned men framed of the Cyclops size. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. Deprived of bones; as, boned turkey or codfish. [1913 Webster] 3. Manured with …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • -boned — «bohnd», adjective. 1. having a certain kind of bones: »Healthy livestock is usually larger boned than the sickly animals. 2. with the bones removed: »boned fish ready to fry and eat. boned, combining form. 1. having a certain kind of bones: »Big …   Useful english dictionary

  • Big — (b[i^]g), a. [Compar. {Bigger}; superl. {Biggest}.] [Perh. from Celtic; cf. W. beichiog, beichiawg, pregnant, with child, fr. baich burden, Arm. beac h; or cf. OE. bygly, Icel. biggiligr, (properly) habitable; (then) magnigicent, excellent, fr.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • big — adjective 1) a big building Syn: large, sizable, substantial, great, huge, immense, enormous, extensive, colossal, massive, mammoth, vast, tremendous, gigantic, giant, monumental, mighty, gar …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • Big Show (wrestler) — The Big Show Big Show in Tribute to Troops 2010 Ring name(s) (The) Big Show[1][2] …   Wikipedia

  • -boned — [[t] boʊnd[/t]] COMB in ADJ GRADED boned combines with adjectives such as big and fine to form adjectives which describe a person as having a particular type of bone structure or build. He was about seven years old, small and fine boned like his… …   English dictionary

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