- 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
Definition for leg (2 of 2)
Examples from the Web for 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|Robert Ward|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
With every stroke, her leather boot creaked under the weight of her leg.Dungeons and Genital Clamps: Inside a Legendary BDSM Chateau|Ian Frisch|December 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Clive Irving|November 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|DAILY BEAST
“While in the building, I was kept on a hard floor in handcuffs and in leg irons,” he says.
His leg, just then, seemed to get a kink in it, as he said afterward.The Bobbsey Twins at Cedar Camp|Laura Lee Hope
The term "broke her leg" was used to convey the meaning of pregnancy.Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States|Work Projects Administration
His leg has well feels a long time now, but he walks not as other chickens walk.The Story of Opal|Opal Whiteley
Jack drew his leg suddenly from the water and threw it over the log.The Coral Island|R.M. Ballantyne
In the morning, he saw the ibises motionless on one leg at the edge of the water, which reflected their pale pink necks.Thais|Anatole France
British Dictionary definitions for leg (1 of 2)
- 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
British Dictionary definitions for leg (2 of 2)
Word Origin and History for leg (1 of 2)
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.
Word Origin and History for leg (1 of 2)
"to use the legs; walk or run," c.1500 (from the beginning usually with it); from leg (n.).
Medicine definitions for leg
Idioms and Phrases with leg
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