- one of the series of straight runs that make up the zigzag course of a sailing ship.
- one straight or nearly straight part of a multiple-sided course in a sailing race.
- one of a designated number of contests that must be successfully completed in order to determine the winner.
- one of the stretches or sections of a relay race.
- the part of the field to the left of and behind the batsman as he faces the bowler or to the right of and behind him if he is left-handed.
- the fielder playing this part of the field.
- the position of this fielder.
verb (used with object), legged, leg·ging.
- a means of help or encouragement; assist; boost: Studying the material with a tutor will give you a leg up on passing the exam.
- advantage; edge.
- to make fun of someone; tease.
- to deceive someone; trick someone.
- to hurry up.
- Older Use.to dance.
Origin of leg
Related Words for leglimb, pole, part, lap, stage, stump, shank, column, segment, support, stake, prop, member, stretch, portion, pile, upright, post, brace, section
Examples from the Web for leg
Contemporary Examples of leg
I did a ten minute scene in his class: the guy who had gangrene in his leg in The Snows of Kilimanjaro.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile
January 3, 2015
With every stroke, her leather boot creaked under the weight of her leg.Dungeons and Genital Clamps: Inside a Legendary BDSM Chateau
December 20, 2014
So what if you can barely twitch a toe let alone move a leg?Flying Coach Is the New Hell: How Airlines Engineer You Out of Room
November 25, 2014
Overnight, a bar owner was shot in the leg by a ricochet bullet.In Rome’s Riots, Cries for Mussolini and Attacks on Refugees
Barbie Latza Nadeau
November 14, 2014
“While in the building, I was kept on a hard floor in handcuffs and in leg irons,” he says.What It’s Like to Be Snatched by the Delta Force
October 9, 2014
Historical Examples of leg
If you can't skin yourself you can hold a leg while somebody else skins.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
In such a case he would have told the lady not to pull his leg.Viviette
William J. Locke
"I hurt my leg and cannot ride," quoth the bishop's champion.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
Burke slapped his leg with an enthusiasm that might have broken a weaker member.Within the Law
He cut off my brother-in-law's leg—charged him as much as if he had grown a new one for him.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
- either of the two lower limbs, including the bones and fleshy covering of the femur, tibia, fibula, and patella
- (as modifier)leg guard; leg rest Related adjective: crural
- the distance travelled without tacking
- (in yacht racing) the course between any two marks
- the side of the field to the left of a right-handed batsman as he faces the bowler
- (as modifier)a leg slip; leg stump
- to help someone to climb an obstacle by pushing upwards
- to help someone to advance
- to hurry up: usually used in the imperative
- to dance
verb legs, legging or legged
Word Origin for leg
late 13c., from a Scandinavian source akin to Old Norse leggr "leg, bone of the arm or leg," from Proto-Germanic *lagjaz, with no certain ulterior connections, perhaps from a PIE root meaning "to bend" [Buck]. Cf. German Bein "leg," in Old High German "bone, leg." Replaced Old English shank. Of furniture supports from 1670s. The meaning "a part or stage of a journey or race" (1920) is from earlier sailing sense of "a run made on a single tack" (1867), which was usually qualified as long leg, short leg, etc. Slang phrase shake a leg "dance" is attested from 1881. To be on (one's) last legs "at the end of one's life" is from 1590s.
"to use the legs; walk or run," c.1500 (from the beginning usually with it); from leg (n.).
In addition to the idiom beginning with leg
- leg up, a
- arm and a leg
- break a leg
- on one's last legs
- pull someone's leg
- shake a leg
- stretch one's legs
- tail between one's legs
- without a leg to stand on