adjective, leg·gi·er, leg·gi·est.

having awkwardly long legs.
having long, attractively shaped legs: a group of tanned, leggy swimmers.
of, relating to, or characterized by showing the legs: a leggy stage show.
(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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Contemporary Examples of leggy

Historical Examples of leggy

  • These leggy plants are not beautiful, nor do they bear many flowers.

  • It was very fat and army and leggy, and I think it was an idol.

    New Treasure Seekers

    E. (Edith) Nesbit

  • The latter, whom some of my readers may have known as an awkward, "leggy" boy, was now a man.

    The Merryweathers

    Laura E. Richards

  • The Terrier, like the Hound, must on no account be leggy, nor must he be too short in the leg.

    Sporting Dogs

    Frank Townend Barton

  • This should be slightly pruned in spring, and when leggy cut to the ground.

British Dictionary definitions for leggy


adjective -gier or -giest

having unusually long legs
(of a woman) having long and shapely legs
(of a plant) having an unusually long and weak stem
(esp of a sportsperson) sluggish or fatigued; having tired legs
Derived Formslegginess, noun
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Word Origin and History for leggy

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

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