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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-legged
Historical Examples
  • One was a red-headed giant; the other short, dark, and bow-legged.

    Fifteen Chapters of Autobiography George William Erskine Russell
  • Sim was a great, stout, bow-legged fellow, as good-natured as the day was long.

    Down The River Oliver Optic
  • He was a dark, short, bow-legged boy, with the face of his own Roderick Usher.

  • My bow-legged friend and fellow-laborer was the most willing boy in the world.

    Down The River Oliver Optic
  • He took a place beside the bow-legged vaquero with the yellow bandanna knotted loosely round his throat.

    Bucky O'Connor William MacLeod Raine
  • “Once more,” retorted the bow-legged puncher, shoving in chips.

    The Fighting Edge William MacLeod Raine
  • He was a vicious-looking fellow, broad-shouldered and bow-legged, with a swagger in his gait.

    The Spectre In The Cart Thomas Nelson Page
  • He was a short, thick-set, bow-legged man, inclining to corpulence.

  • The hairy, dusty, bow-legged, threadbare peddler had been touched by some miraculous hand.

    A Man for the Ages Irving Bacheller
  • I'll let her work up a full head of steam, then smack her bow-legged.

    The Galaxy Primes Edward Elmer Smith
bow-legged 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
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