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[boh-leg] /ˈboʊˌlɛg/
noun, Pathology.
outward curvature of the legs causing a separation of the knees when the ankles are close or in contact.
a leg so curved.
Origin of bowleg
First recorded in 1545-55; bow2 + leg
Related forms
[boh-leg-id, boh-legd] /ˈboʊˌlɛg ɪd, ˈboʊˌlɛgd/ (Show IPA),
[boh-leg-id-nis] /ˈboʊˌlɛg ɪd nɪs/ (Show IPA),
noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for bow legs
Historical Examples
  • He had bow legs, a hump back, and was what was called "double-chested."

    The Birthright Joseph Hocking
  • The sight of them bothered, Nolan's bow legs annoyed 125 him.

    Princeton Stories Jesse Lynch Williams
  • He held himself so proudly that it seemed to straighten some of the crook out of his bow legs.

    The Clansman Thomas Dixon
  • They are as wings compared with the bent, bow legs that bear up the ordinary rabbit-hound.

    The Spring of the Year Dallas Lore Sharp
  • Pasquale was standing in front of his house on the porch, bow legs wide apart and hands crossed behind his back.

    Steve Yeager William MacLeod Raine
  • He was about Oliver's age, with a snub nose, bow legs and little sharp eyes.

    Tales from Dickens

    Charles Dickens and Hallie Erminie Rives
  • They made even the horse-riding cowboy a good climber, though nothing, Neale averred, would ever straighten Larry's bow legs.

    The U.P. Trail Zane Grey
  • It made one wild bolt to get out, but there was nowhere to bolt to except between them bow legs.

    Anne Of The Island Lucy Maud Montgomery
  • There they found the jailer by the gate, a kind of giant, six feet high, with bow legs.

  • bow legs and knock knees come from standing and walking when the bones are soft.

British Dictionary definitions for bow legs

bow legs

plural noun
a condition in which the legs curve outwards like a bow between the ankle and the thigh Also called bandy legs
Derived Forms
bow-legged (bəʊˈlɛɡɪd; bəʊˈlɛɡd) adjective
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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bow legs in Medicine

bowleg bow·leg (bō'lěg')
A leg having an outward curvature in the region of the knee.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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