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.

Nearby words

  1. bowl game,
  2. bowl of cherries, life is just a,
  3. bowl over,
  4. bowlder,
  5. bowldering,
  6. bowlegged,
  7. bowlegs,
  8. bowler,
  9. bowles,
  10. bowles, paul

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for bow legs

bow legs

pl n

a condition in which the legs curve outwards like a bow between the ankle and the thighAlso called: bandy legs
Derived Formsbow-legged (bəʊˈlɛɡɪd, bəʊˈlɛɡd), adjective

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Medicine definitions for bow legs




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

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