骨瘦如柴

ChineseEdit

bone tight; thin; lean as (if); such as firewood
trad. (骨瘦如柴)
simp. #(骨瘦如柴)
alternative forms 骨瘦如豺
Literally: “as thin as a stick”.

EtymologyEdit

(“as thin as a dhole”) was first described in Song Dynasty dictionary Piya, where also mention the homophonous alternative form using (chái, “stick”), which is now more common.

PronunciationEdit


IdiomEdit

骨瘦如柴

  1. as thin as a stick; emaciated; unhealthily skinny