adjective, leg·gi·er, leg·gi·est.
  1. having awkwardly long legs.
  2. having long, attractively shaped legs: a group of tanned, leggy swimmers.
  3. of, relating to, or characterized by showing the legs: a leggy stage show.
  4. (of plants) long and thin; spindly.

Origin of leggy

First recorded in 1780–90; leg + -y1
Related formsleg·gi·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for legginess

Historical Examples of legginess

  • Legginess is a fault that breeders must be careful to avoid.


    Hugh Piper

  • Legginess is bad enough in a woman, but bandy legginess is impossible.

    The Journal of a Disappointed Man

    Wilhelm Nero Pilate Barbellion

British Dictionary definitions for legginess


adjective -gier or -giest
  1. having unusually long legs
  2. (of a woman) having long and shapely legs
  3. (of a plant) having an unusually long and weak stem
  4. (esp of a sportsperson) sluggish or fatigued; having tired legs
Derived Formslegginess, noun
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Word Origin and History for legginess



1787, from leg (n.) + -y (2).

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