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  1. a covering for the leg, usually extending from the ankle to the knee but sometimes higher, worn by soldiers, riders, workers, etc.Compare chaps, gaiter, puttee.
  2. leggings, (used with a plural verb)
    1. close-fitting knit pants.
    2. the pants of a two-piece snowsuit.
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Also leg·gin [leg-in] /ˈlɛg ɪn/.

Origin of legging

First recorded in 1745–55; leg + -ing1
Related formsleg·ginged, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • But what the—— Meanwhile I was leggin' it down towards the village.

    The House of Torchy

    Sewell Ford

  • The loose end of his leggin was caught in the wires of the empennage.

    Bill Bruce on Forest Patrol

    Henry Harley Arnold

  • See the goney, how his pencil is a leggin' it off, for dear life.

    The Attache

    Thomas Chandler Haliburton

  • They're only goin' to stretch you over the log and tan you eight or ten times with the leggin's.

  • Well, sometimes—it was owing to the crime—but sometimes they would put it up to about twenty licks with the leggin's.

Word Origin and History for leggin



"extra outer covering to protect the leg," 1763, from leg (n.). Related: Leggings.

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