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cross-legged

[ kraws-leg-id, -legd, kros- ]

adjective

  1. having the legs crossed; having one leg placed across the other.


cross-legged

/ -ˈlɛɡd; ˈkrɒsˈlɛɡɪd /

adjective

  1. sitting with the legs bent and the knees pointing outwards
  2. standing or sitting with one leg crossed over the other


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Other Words From

  • cross-legged·ly adverb
  • cross-legged·ness noun
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Word History and Origins

Origin of cross-legged1

First recorded in 1520–30
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Example Sentences

I often sit on the floor and work cross-legged with my laptop.

I remember the carpet in the room in the house in the farm where I was sitting, cross-legged.

When the line was done, he climbed on the stage and sat cross-legged behind a podium, surveying his rapt audience.

He sat up, sat cross-legged, very dignified, as if I were a history major doing a thesis on him.

Freddy, who has not said anything so far, sits cross-legged, now stirring the beans on the fire.

"No," she exclaimed with dainty aplomb to the man who sat cross-legged in muslin draperies on the table.

Jack found Mr. Figgins in his cabin, squatting on a cushion cross-legged.

They either sit down on the carpet cross-legged, or loll on a sofa.

Taking it, Orme seated himself cross-legged on a white blanket, which he spread out on the sandy soil.

A few feet beyond there is the goldsmith, squatting cross-legged on the ground outside the door of his shanty.

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