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[spin-dl-legz] /ˈspɪn dlˌlɛgz/
noun, plural spindlelegs for 2.
(used with a plural verb) long, thin legs.
(used with a singular verb) Informal. a tall, thin person with such legs.
Origin of spindlelegs
First recorded in 1640-50; spindle + leg + -s3
Related forms
[spin-dl-leg-id, -legd] /ˈspɪn dlˌlɛg ɪd, -ˌlɛgd/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for spindle-legged
Historical Examples
  • The girls were luxuriant flappers of every hue of polished ebony; the boys were spindle-legged and spry and bullet-headed.

    The Soul of John Brown Stephen Graham
  • His huge bulk overflowed the spindle-legged chair on which he sat.

    Americans All Various
  • He reached out and touched the spindle-legged table at his side.

    The Rest Hollow Mystery Rebecca N. Porter
  • In body, like the Pygmies, they are thin and spindle-legged.

    Man And His Ancestor Charles Morris
  • On a little, spindle-legged mahogany table were tall glasses of fruit lemonade and a plate of assorted cakes.

    Madge Morton's Trust Amy D. V. Chalmers
  • Two or three pieces of spindle-legged and claw-footed mahogany made an odd contrast to the common painted bedroom set.

    Just Sixteen. Susan Coolidge
  • It was furnished with the spindle-legged chairs and tables in use in the last century.

    A Charming Fellow, Volume I (of 3) Frances Eleanor Trollope
  • Mrs. Winthrop meanwhile had appropriated a spindle-legged sofa, and was leaning back against a tapestried Endymion.

    Dorothy and other Italian Stories Constance Fenimore Woolson
  • Guess some of these spindle-legged city chaps wouldn't make much of a go at that.

    The Rival Campers Ashore Ruel Perley Smith
  • I'm an old codger, sir, but I'm worth—a dozen o' you—spindle-legged chaps; dum me if I ain't, sir!

British Dictionary definitions for spindle-legged


having long thin legs


plural noun
long thin legs
(functioning as sing) a person who has long thin legs
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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