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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.
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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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Examples from the Web for bow-legged

Historical Examples of bow-legged

  • He was a short, thick-set, bow-legged man, inclining to corpulence.

    The Historical Nights Entertainment, Second Series

    Rafael Sabatini

  • I've talked to you before, but this time I'm going to smack you bow-legged.

    Masters of Space

    Edward Elmer Smith

  • Sometimes, when cover failed, he broke into a bow-legged run.

  • I'll let her work up a full head of steam, then smack her bow-legged.

    The Galaxy Primes

    Edward Elmer Smith

  • When he squeezes into our little flat the walls act as if they were bow-legged.

bow-legged in Medicine


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