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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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Examples from the web for leggy
  • Compact, low growing habit is highly desirable and a significant improvement over the leggy habit of other deutzia varieties.
  • Fertilize minimally to prevent leggy, unattractive growth.
  • Nannyberry is leggy and somewhat open at maturity with an irregular to rounded crown.
  • Periodic pruning is recommended to lower the height and rejuvenate this shrub, due to its tendency to get leggy at the base.
  • Otherwise your flowers will compete for moisture and nutrients and may become rangy and leggy.
  • The lynx was surprisingly tall and leggy, the size of a small husky, with prominent ear tufts.
  • It has an open, upright, and often leggy growth habit.
  • Pinch tips of leggy annuals to induce bushiness before planting.
  • Plants grown in partial shade get leggy and are subject to mildew.
  • When plants get leggy or are reaching toward a window, that is an indication they need more light.
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).

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