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bowleg

[boh-leg]
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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

First recorded in 1545–55; bow2 + leg
Related formsbow·leg·ged [boh-leg-id, boh-legd] /ˈboʊˌlɛg ɪd, ˈboʊˌlɛgd/, adjectivebow·leg·ged·ness [boh-leg-id-nis] /ˈboʊˌlɛg ɪd nɪs/, 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.

  • 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.


bowlegged in Medicine

bowleg

(bōlĕg′)
n.
  1. A leg having an outward curvature in the region of the knee.
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