feel in one's bones

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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [bohn]
    • /fil ɪn wʌnz boʊn/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [bohn]
    • /fil ɪn wʌnz boʊn/

Definitions of feel in one's bones words

  • noun feel in one's bones Anatomy, Zoology. one of the structures composing the skeleton of a vertebrate. the hard connective tissue forming the substance of the skeleton of most vertebrates, composed of a collagen-rich organic matrix impregnated with calcium, phosphate, and other minerals. 1
  • noun feel in one's bones such a structure from an edible animal, usually with meat adhering to it, as an article of food: Pea soup should be made with a ham bone. 1
  • noun feel in one's bones any of various similarly hard or structural animal substances, as ivory or whalebone. 1
  • noun feel in one's bones something made of or resembling such a substance. 1
  • noun feel in one's bones a small concession, intended to pacify or quiet; a conciliatory bribe or gift: The administration threw the student protesters a couple of bones, but refused to make any basic changes in the curriculum or requirements. 1
  • noun feel in one's bones bones. the skeleton. a body: Let his bones rest in peace. Games Slang. dice. (initial capital letter) Mr. Bones. a simple rhythm instrument consisting of two sometimes curved bars or short strips of bone, ivory, wood, or the like, held between the fingers of one hand and clacked together. 1

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Origin of feel in one's bones

First appearance:

before 900
One of the 4% oldest English words
before 900; Middle English bo(o)n, Old English bān; cognate with Old Frisian, Old Saxon bēn, Dutch been bone, Old Norse bein bone, leg, German Bein leg (-bein bone, in compounds); < Germanic *bainan (neuter), probably orig. past participle (compare Old Irish benaid (he) hews), meaning “lopped off,” from butchering of animals; orig. in phrase *bainan astan lopped-off bone or branch (hence, “leg,” as a branch of the body); replacing *astan bone < Indo-European *Host- (> Latin os(s), Albanian asht, Avestan ast-, Hittite hast-ai), which fell together in Gmc with *astaz branch (> German Ast) < Indo-European *osdos (> Greek ózos, Armenian ost)

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feel in one's bones popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 98% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

Synonyms for feel in one's bones

verb feel in one's bones

  • perceive — to become aware of, know, or identify by means of the senses: I perceived an object looming through the mist.
  • predict — to declare or tell in advance; prophesy; foretell: to predict the weather; to predict the fall of a civilization.
  • sense — any of the faculties, as sight, hearing, smell, taste, or touch, by which humans and animals perceive stimuli originating from outside or inside the body: My sense of smell tells me that dinner is ready.

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