a covering for the leg, usually extending from the ankle to the knee but sometimes higher, worn by soldiers, riders, workers, etc. Compare chaps, gaiter, puttee.
leggings, (used with a plural verb)
close-fitting knit pants.
the pants of a two-piece snowsuit.
Also, leggin [leg-in] .

1745–55; leg + -ing1

legginged, adjective
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leggings (ˈlɛɡɪŋz)
pl n
1.  an extra outer covering for the lower legs
2.  close-fitting trousers worn by women and children

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Word Origin & History

c.1275, from O.N. leggr "leg, bone," from P.Gmc. *lagjaz. Replaced O.E. shank. The meaning "a part or stage of a journey or race" (1920) is from earlier sailing sense of "a run made on a single tack" (1867), which was usually qualified as long leg, short leg, etc. Leg-work (1891) was originally news
reporter's slang for an assignment that produced more walking than text. Slang phrase shake a leg "dance" is attested from 1881. To be on (one's) last legs "at the end of one's life" is from 1599. Legging "extra outer covering to protect the leg" first recorded 1763. Leg-warmer is first attested 1974. Leg up "aid, boost" is from 1837.
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leg (lěg)

  1. One of the two lower limbs of the human body, especially the part between the knee and the foot.

  2. A supporting part resembling a leg in shape or function.

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