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[boh-leg] /ˈboʊˌlɛg/
noun, Pathology
outward curvature of the legs causing a separation of the knees when the ankles are close or in contact.
a leg so curved.
Origin of bowleg
1545-55; bow2 + leg
Related forms
[boh-leg-id, boh-legd] /ˈboʊˌlɛg ɪd, ˈboʊˌlɛgd/ (Show IPA),
[boh-leg-id-nis] /ˈboʊˌlɛg ɪd nɪs/ (Show IPA),
noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for bow legs
Historical Examples
  • He waddled in upon his bow legs, and the two exchanged hearty greetings.

    Pelle the Conqueror, Complete Martin Anderson Nexo
  • The sight of them bothered, Nolan's bow legs annoyed 125 him.

    Princeton Stories Jesse Lynch Williams
  • There they found the jailer by the gate, a kind of giant, six feet high, with bow legs.

  • He held himself so proudly that it seemed to straighten some of the crook out of his bow legs.

    The Clansman Thomas Dixon
  • If he is overpersuaded to take "those cute little steps" it may result in bow legs, and then—pity on him when he grows up.

    The Mother and Her Child William S. Sadler
  • He was about Oliver's age, with a snub nose, bow legs and little sharp eyes.

    Tales from Dickens Charles Dickens and Hallie Erminie Rives
  • His bow legs were incased in a pair of linen breeches that desired to pass for white, and were very much wrinkled.

    Overshadowed Sutton E. Griggs
  • They made even the horse-riding cowboy a good climber, though nothing, Neale averred, would ever straighten Larry's bow legs.

    The U.P. Trail Zane Grey
  • Pasquale was standing in front of his house on the porch, bow legs wide apart and hands crossed behind his back.

    Steve Yeager William MacLeod Raine
  • It made one wild bolt to get out, but there was nowhere to bolt to except between them bow legs.

    Anne Of The Island Lucy Maud Montgomery
British Dictionary definitions for bow legs

bow legs

plural noun
a condition in which the legs curve outwards like a bow between the ankle and the thigh Also called bandy legs
Derived Forms
bow-legged (bəʊˈlɛɡɪd; bəʊˈlɛɡd) adjective
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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bow legs in Medicine

bowleg bow·leg (bō'lěg')
A leg having an outward curvature in the region of the knee.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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