- 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
Related formsleg·less, adjectiveleg·like, adjective
Examples from the Web for legless
She was married first at the age of sixteen to the legless and lecherous writer Paul Scarron.
Then the Tsarivna took the money from her court lady and gave it to Legless.Cossack Fairy Tales and Folk Tales|Anonymous
The next day his legless body was upon a marble slab in the morgue.Negro Tales|Joseph Seamon Cotter
In the distance there rose suddenly the powerful cries of the legless man.
She had left one day by the back stair without her hat; a little later the legless beggar had left by the front door.
The legless man nodded, and peering into the cab recognized the handsome features of the sleeping doctor.
British Dictionary definitions for legless (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for legless (2 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
Derived Formsleglike, adjective
Word Origin for leg
Medicine definitions for legless
Idioms and Phrases with legless
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