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[adj. nee-hahy; n. nee-hahy] /adj. ˈniˈhaɪ; n. ˈniˌhaɪ/
as high as the knees.
knee-highs, Also, knee highs, knee-hi's, knee his. socks, stockings, or boots that cover the lower legs to just below the knees.
Origin of knee-high
1735-45, Americanism Unabridged
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Examples from the web for knee-high
  • Over the past decade many had been reduced to nothing more than knee-high mounds of rubble.
  • Everyone on the operating team wears two sets of gloves, and shoes are covered with knee-high gaiters.
  • My suede knee-high boots matched perfectly with my chocolate brown off the shoulder top that made my skin and it look as one.
  • Between the diners and the ocean is a knee-high stone wall, against which waves lap rhythmically.
  • The bank of rubble that barred the entrance to the fire escape was almost knee-high.
  • Waterproof boots, either knee-high rubber boots or hip waders, are recommended for fen and other wetland sites.
  • At the actual signal, make a left going beside a cemetery with rock, knee-high fence around it.
  • It is interesting to note that the drivers as depicted wore livery, including woolen jodhpurs and jackets, even knee-high boots.
  • To avoid soggy feet, wear knee-high rubber boots to get the other two blinds.
  • These depth ranges were chosen because they are approximately knee-high or less, knee-high to head-high, and more than head-high.
British Dictionary definitions for knee-high


another word for knee-deep (sense 1)
as high as the knee: a knee-high child
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Word Origin and History for knee-high

1743, from knee (n.) + high (adj.). Phrase knee-high to a grasshopper first recorded 1851 (earliest form was knee-high to a toad, 1814).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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