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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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Related Words for bowlegs

squadron, horse, army, lancers, bowlegs, dragoons

Examples from the Web for bowlegs

Historical Examples of bowlegs

  • At eight oclock to-night a cock-eyed Dutchman, with bowlegs, will call for you.

    Droll Stories of Isthmian Life

    Evelyn Saxton

  • A fat little hand slapped the said shoulder, and "Hillo, Bowlegs!"

bowlegs in Medicine


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