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[leg-ing] /ˈlɛg ɪŋ/
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)
  1. close-fitting knit pants.
  2. the pants of a two-piece snowsuit.
Also, leggin
[leg-in] /ˈlɛg ɪn/ (Show IPA)
Origin of legging
1745-55; leg + -ing1
Related forms
legginged, adjective Unabridged
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  • The steam came from his leggings and ascended the chimney with the smoke, while he thought of those who were upstairs.

    Return of the Native Thomas Hardy
  • But, on this unusual occasion, it was decreed that we should black our boots and leggings.

    Brighter Britain! (Volume 1 of 2) William Delisle Hay
  • They were clad in shirt waists, belted trousers and leggings, and wore broad hats of a masculine type.

    Pioneering in Cuba James Meade Adams
  • Why hadn't I put on my best pair of leggings to come away in?

    Pushed and the Return Push George Herbert Fosdike Nichols, (AKA Quex)
  • He wore a hunting-shirt, like myself; leggings, moccasons, and a cap of skins that had been deprived of their furs.

    The Chainbearer J. Fenimore Cooper
  • Come, keep on that shirt; let your leggings sweat where they are, and buckle this about you.

    The Scalp Hunters Mayne Reid
  • A rod was easily procured, and for bait he took a piece of the red flannel that lined his leggings.

    The Wilderness Trail Frank Williams
British Dictionary definitions for leggings


plural noun
an extra outer covering for the lower legs
close-fitting trousers worn by women and children
Derived Forms
legginged, adjective
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Word Origin and History for leggings



"extra outer covering to protect the leg," 1763, from leg (n.). Related: Leggings.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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