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[leg-ee] /ˈlɛg i/
adjective, leggier, leggiest.
having awkwardly long legs.
having long, attractively shaped legs:
a group of tanned, leggy swimmers.
of, relating to, or characterized by showing the legs:
a leggy stage show.
(of plants) long and thin; spindly.
Origin of leggy
1780-90; leg + -y1
Related forms
legginess, noun Unabridged
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  • And you'd like me to follow those skinny old frumps and leggy, limp chits, that slobber and cry over that man!

  • These leggy plants are not beautiful, nor do they bear many flowers.

  • The Terrier, like the Hound, must on no account be leggy, nor must he be too short in the leg.

    Sporting Dogs Frank Townend Barton
  • The leggy girl had just thrust out her tongue at an expostulating nurse.

    The Purple Heights Marie Conway Oemler
  • Baby Marise was a leggy and big-eyed girl of nine, and Jock was in the full hale prime of latter middle age.

    Buff: A Collie and other dog-stories Albert Payson Terhune
  • When I saw you last, you were awkward and leggy, like a colt.

    The Valley of the Giants Peter B. Kyne
British Dictionary definitions for leggy


adjective -gier, -giest
having unusually long legs
(of a woman) having long and shapely legs
(of a plant) having an unusually long and weak stem
(esp of a sportsperson) sluggish or fatigued; having tired legs
Derived Forms
legginess, noun
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Word Origin and History for leggy

1787, from leg (n.) + -y (2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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