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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. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for bow-legged
Historical Examples
  • He was a short, thick-set, bow-legged man, inclining to corpulence.

  • I've talked to you before, but this time I'm going to smack you bow-legged.

    Masters of Space Edward Elmer Smith
  • Sometimes, when cover failed, he broke into a bow-legged run.

    "Wee Tim'rous Beasties" Douglas English
  • I'll let her work up a full head of steam, then smack her bow-legged.

    The Galaxy Primes Edward Elmer Smith
  • When he squeezes into our little flat the walls act as if they were bow-legged.

  • Sim was a great, stout, bow-legged fellow, as good-natured as the day was long.

    Down The River Oliver Optic
  • My bow-legged friend and fellow-laborer was the most willing boy in the world.

    Down The River Oliver Optic
  • Sewall "went for him bow-legged," as he himself described it in later years.

  • To be lame was worse than to be bow-legged, and Sonny Boy felt a thrill of pity for Otto.

    Sonny Boy Sophie Swett
  • “Once more,” retorted the bow-legged puncher, shoving in chips.

    The Fighting Edge William MacLeod Raine
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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