[ 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

bow·leg·ged [boh-leg-id, boh-legd] /ˈboʊˌlɛg ɪd, ˈboʊˌlɛgd/, adjectivebow·leg·ged·ness [boh-leg-id-nis] /ˈboʊˌlɛg ɪd nɪs/, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for bow legs

bow legs

/ (bəʊ) /

pl n

a condition in which the legs curve outwards like a bow between the ankle and the thighAlso called: bandy legs

Derived Forms

bow-legged (bəʊˈlɛɡɪd, bəʊˈlɛɡd), adjective
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Medicine definitions for bow legs


[ bōlĕg′ ]


A leg having an outward curvature in the region of the knee.
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