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  1. either of the two lower limbs of a biped, as a human being, or any of the paired limbs of an animal, arthropod, etc., that support and move the body.

  2. Anatomy. the lower limb of a human being from the knee to the ankle.

  1. something resembling or suggesting a leg in use, position, or appearance.

  2. the part of a garment that covers the leg: the legs of pantyhose; his trouser leg.

  3. one of usually several, relatively tall, slender supports for a piece of furniture: sturdy piano legs.

  4. one of the sides of a forked object, as of a compass or pair of dividers.

  5. one of the sides of a triangle other than the base or hypotenuse.

  6. a timber, bar, or the like, serving to prop or shore up a structure.

  7. one of the flanges of an angle iron.

  8. one of the distinct sections of any course: the last leg of a trip.

  9. Nautical.

    • 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.

  10. Sports.

    • 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.

  11. legs, Slang. staying power, especially the capacity to draw large audiences steadily over a long period: I had hoped for a bestseller, but my second novel had no legs.

  12. legs, (in wine tasting) the rivulets of wine that slowly descend along the inside of a glass after the wine has been swirled, sometimes regarded as an indication that the wine is full-bodied.

  13. Cricket.

    • 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.

  14. Electricity. a component or branch of a circuit, network, antenna, etc.

  15. Radio and Television. a connecting link between stations in a network, as the microwave relays used in transmitting a show from one geographical area to another.

verb (used with object),legged, leg·ging.
  1. to move or propel (a boat) with the legs: They legged the boat through the tunnel.

Verb Phrases
  1. leg up, to help (someone) to mount a horse.

Idioms about leg

  1. break a leg. break (def. 113).

  2. leg it, Informal. to walk rapidly or run: We'd better leg it or we'll be late for class.

  1. leg up,

    • 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.

  2. not have a leg to stand on, to lack a valid or logical basis for one's argument or attitude: Without evidence, the prosecutor doesn't have a leg to stand on.

  3. on one's / its last legs, just short of exhaustion, breakdown, failure, etc.: The aristocracy was on its last legs.

  4. pull someone's leg,

    • to make fun of someone; tease.

    • to deceive someone; trick someone: She thought someone was pulling her leg when she got the call from the Nobel Committee.

  5. shake a leg, Informal.

    • to hurry up: If you don't shake a leg, we'll miss the opening number.

    • Older Use. to dance: The dance floor was flooded with couples shaking a leg to the loud and lively music.

  6. stretch one's legs, to take a walk; get some needed exercise after prolonged sitting: He got up during the intermission to stretch his legs.

Origin of leg

First recorded in 1225–75; Middle English, from Old Norse leggr, akin to Greek láx, lágdēn “with the foot”

Other words from leg

  • legless, adjective
  • leglike, adjective

Words Nearby leg

Other definitions for leg. (2 of 2)


  1. legal.

  2. legate.

  1. legato.

  2. legend.

  3. legislation.

  4. legislative.

  5. legislature.

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How to use leg in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for leg (1 of 2)


/ (lɛɡ) /

    • 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

  1. any similar or analogous structure in animals that is used for locomotion or support

  1. this part of an animal, esp the thigh, used for food: leg of lamb

  2. something similar to a leg in appearance or function, such as one of the four supporting members of a chair

  3. a branch, limb, or part of a forked or jointed object

  4. the part of a garment that covers the leg

  5. a section or part of a journey or course

  6. a single stage, lap, length, etc, in a relay race

  7. either one of two races on which a cumulative bet has been placed

  8. either the opposite or adjacent side of a right-angled triangle

  9. nautical

    • the distance travelled without tacking

    • (in yacht racing) the course between any two marks

  10. one of a series of games, matches, or parts of games

  11. cricket

    • 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

  12. give someone a leg up

    • to help someone to climb an obstacle by pushing upwards

    • to help someone to advance

  13. have legs informal to be successful or show the potential to succeed

  14. not have a leg to stand on to have no reasonable or logical basis for an opinion or argument

  15. on its last legs worn out; exhausted

  16. pull someone's leg informal to tease, fool, or make fun of someone

  17. shake a leg informal

    • to hurry up: usually used in the imperative

    • to dance

  18. show a leg informal to get up in the morning

  19. stretch one's legs See stretch (def. 17)

verblegs, legging or legged
  1. (tr) obsolete to propel (a canal boat) through a tunnel by lying on one's back and walking one's feet along the tunnel roof

  2. leg it informal to walk, run, or hurry

Origin of leg

C13: from Old Norse leggr, of obscure origin

Derived forms of leg

  • leglike, adjective

British Dictionary definitions for leg. (2 of 2)


abbreviation for
  1. legato

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Other Idioms and Phrases with leg


In addition to the idiom beginning with leg

  • leg up, a

also see:

  • 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

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