Discussion in 'English Only' started by Jogowafel, Sep 14, 2009.

  1. Jogowafel Member

    Could someone tell me what does it mean: bone-stock

    Here you have a phrase:

    "The phone looks to be loaded with a very bone-stock Android build."
  2. entangledbank

    entangledbank Senior Member

    English - South-East England
    No idea. The sentence makes no sense, and even when you read it in the original full context it still makes no sense to me. I learn there that Android is a brand name of mobile phone, so we're not dealing with science fiction here. Googling for 'bone-stock' provides what I think must be the answer: Urban Dictionary says it refers to a gun that has never been changed, that is in its original form:

    There's another use of this among the many irrelevant hits for 'bone-stock': a Nissan car that has been provided as a 'blank canvas' (nothing has been changed on it yet):

    So it apparently means "unmodified; straight out of the box" when you're talking about machines.
  3. envie de voyager Senior Member

    Niagara Falls, Canada
    This is a very odd sentence. The author's meaning is not very clear, and all I could do is guess at what his message is.
  4. Nunty

    Nunty Modified

    Hebrew-US English (bilingual)
    I agree with etb's conclusion. I found this a firearms discussion forum. It is apparently not a very common term at all.
  5. mplsray Senior Member

    Here's a definition from the entry bone-stock in the glossary at

    I think the use of bone here is an application of the adverb bone defined as follows in the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary:

  6. Cagey post mod (English Only / Latin)

    English - US
    In addition, I was associating it, perhaps mistakenly, with the "bare bones" version of a car, for instance. That is, the most basic version the manufacturer makes with no extras added.
  7. pickarooney

    pickarooney Senior Member

    Provence, France
    English (Ireland)
    Is the derivation of bone-stock culinary, i.e. stock made just by boiling bones and without the addition of herbs or condiments?

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