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knee-high

[ adjective nee-hahy; noun nee-hahy ]
/ adjective ˈniˈhaɪ; noun ˈniˌhaɪ /
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adjective

as high as the knees.

noun

knee-highs. Also knee highs, knee-hi's, knee his. socks, stockings, or boots that cover the lower legs to just below the knees.

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Nearby words

knee spavin, knee-capping, knee-chest position, knee-deep, knee-elbow position, knee-high, knee-high to a grasshopper, knee-jerk, knee-jerk reflex, knee-length, knee-slapper

Origin of knee-high

An Americanism dating back to 1735–45
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British Dictionary definitions for knee-high

knee-high


adjective

another word for knee-deep (def. 1)
as high as the kneea knee-high child
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for knee-high

knee-high


adj.

1743, from knee (n.) + high (adj.). Phrase knee-high to a grasshopper first recorded 1851 (earliest form was knee-high to a toad, 1814).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper