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bowleg

[boh-leg] /ˈboʊˌlɛg/
noun, Pathology.
1.
outward curvature of the legs causing a separation of the knees when the ankles are close or in contact.
2.
a leg so curved.
Origin of bowleg
1545-1555
First recorded in 1545-55; bow2 + leg
Related forms
bowlegged
[boh-leg-id, boh-legd] /ˈboʊˌlɛg ɪd, ˈboʊˌlɛgd/ (Show IPA),
adjective
bowleggedness
[boh-leg-id-nis] /ˈboʊˌlɛg ɪd nɪs/ (Show IPA),
noun
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  • He was a heavy-set, slouchy man in jeans, broad-shouldered and bowlegged.

    Oh, You Tex! William Macleod Raine
  • He was glad to feel Lonny's bowlegged grip against his ribs again.

    Roads of Destiny

    O. Henry
  • The others swerved in beside him, the bowlegged young puncher on the right with his hand at his hip.

    Out of the Depths

    Robert Ames Bennet
  • Gowan started for the corral, the slight waddle of his bowlegged gait rather more pronounced than usual.

    Out of the Depths

    Robert Ames Bennet
  • The grizzled, bowlegged cook ambled cheerfully into the laboratory, pushing a lunch cart.

  • In addition, he was bowlegged as a greyhound, and just now he moved with a limp as though very footsore.

    Where the Trail Divides

    Will Lillibridge
  • Even a tin-horn gambler, a crooked cheat, would give me more show for my money than you have, you bowlegged coyotes!

    The Orphan Clarence E. Mulford
  • The informant was a short, thick-set, bowlegged man, with features that had cunning stamped indelibly on every line.

    Billy Barcroft, R.N.A.S. Percy F. Westerman
  • A paunchy, bowlegged figure, topped by a white Texas sombrero, was coming straight toward them.

bowlegged in Medicine

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

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