[adjective nee-hahy; noun nee-hahy]


as high as the knees.


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

Origin of knee-high

An Americanism dating back to 1735–45 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for knee-high

diminutive, baby, pocket, Lilliputian, miniature, teeny, tiny, teensy, minikin

Examples from the Web for knee-high

Contemporary Examples of knee-high

  • She took the podium in a black McQueen waistcoat embroidered with gold flowers and knee-high leather boots.

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    Inside Alexander McQueen's Memorial

    Isabel Wilkinson

    September 20, 2010

Historical Examples of knee-high

British Dictionary definitions for knee-high



another word for knee-deep (def. 1)
as high as the kneea knee-high child
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Word Origin and History for knee-high

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

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