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spindlelegs

[spin-dl-legz] /ˈspɪn dlˌlɛgz/
noun, plural spindlelegs for 2.
1.
(used with a plural verb) long, thin legs.
2.
(used with a singular verb) Informal. a tall, thin person with such legs.
Origin of spindlelegs
1640-1650
First recorded in 1640-50; spindle + leg + -s3
Related forms
spindle-legged
[spin-dl-leg-id, -legd] /ˈspɪn dlˌlɛg ɪd, -ˌlɛgd/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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Examples from the Web for spindle-legged
Historical Examples
  • He lifted a spindle-legged table in the air and went on talking.

    Patchwork Anna Balmer Myers
  • His huge bulk overflowed the spindle-legged chair on which he sat.

    Americans All Various
  • In body, like the Pygmies, they are thin and spindle-legged.

    Man And His Ancestor Charles Morris
  • He reached out and touched the spindle-legged table at his side.

    The Rest Hollow Mystery Rebecca N. Porter
  • He gripped the back of the spindle-legged chair, and could find no word to say.

    From One Generation to Another Henry Seton Merriman
  • Yes, they had the bureau; they would probably take the spindle-legged stand next.

    Different Girls

    Various
  • 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
  • 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
  • The table and a few of the chairs looked like our spindle-legged Chippendale things.

    Unveiling a Parallel

    Alice Ilgenfritz Jones and Ella Marchant
  • 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
British Dictionary definitions for spindle-legged

spindle-legged

adjective
1.
having long thin legs

spindlelegs

/ˈspɪndəlˌlɛɡz/
plural noun
1.
long thin legs
2.
(functioning as sing) a person who has long thin legs
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