[ fawr-leg, fohr- ]
See synonyms for foreleg on
  1. one of the front legs of a quadruped, an insect, etc.

Origin of foreleg

First recorded in 1375–1425, foreleg is from the late Middle English word forlegge.See fore-, leg

Words Nearby foreleg Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use foreleg in a sentence

  • The ancient Egyptians might have even recognized around thirty cuts of beef, with the foreleg perceived as the choicest cut, usually reserved for the departed inside the tombs.

  • A crimson orifice was seen just back of the foreleg, which showed where the tiny messenger of death had entered.

    Two Boys in Wyoming | Edward S. Ellis
  • Recalling the words of Hank Hazletine, Fred aimed at a point just back of the foreleg, as it reached forward.

    Two Boys in Wyoming | Edward S. Ellis
  • On the plain two mounted Tibetans were pursuing a wild ass, which was wounded in the near foreleg and had four dogs at his heels.

  • Bill started a bunch of five deer and succeeded in getting a shot and breaking a foreleg of a large doe.

    Fifty Years a Hunter and Trapper | Eldred Nathaniel Woodcock
  • Her tail was a sort of stump, in size and in look very  much like a spare foreleg, stuck in anywhere to be near.

    Spare Hours | John Brown

British Dictionary definitions for foreleg


/ (ˈfɔːˌlɛɡ) /

  1. either of the front legs of a horse, sheep, or other quadruped

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