- 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 Words for legslimb, pole, part, lap, stage, stump, shank, column, segment, support, stake, prop, member, stretch, portion, pile, upright, post, brace, section
Examples from the Web for legs
Contemporary Examples of legs
Sprawled on chaise lounges with their knees high in the air and their legs spread wide.Powerful Congressman Writes About ‘Fleshy Breasts’
January 7, 2015
Wrapees was the term marines used for the Japanese because they had wrapping round their legs.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile
January 3, 2015
After tightening her collar, Stella assumed slave posture: on her knees, legs slightly spread, palm resting face-up on her thighs.Dungeons and Genital Clamps: Inside a Legendary BDSM Chateau
December 20, 2014
As I forced my exhausted body to exercise, I yelled at my legs like a drill sergeant, demanding five more minutes or one more set.You’re Never ‘Cured’ of an Eating Disorder
December 20, 2014
Legs McNeil, of Punk magazine fame, once called him “cute” and “charming.”‘All Good Cretins Go to Heaven’: Dee Dee Ramone’s Twisted Punk Paintings
December 15, 2014
Historical Examples of legs
He sat down in a chair, and stretched out his legs, with an air of being at home.Brave and Bold
We dined on frogs' legs and Vouvray, and then went to see the Revue at the Marigny.Ballads of a Bohemian
Robert W. Service
If he sat down his legs were gathered, and he seemed about to stand up.Way of the Lawless
The table serving as washstand stood securely on its four legs.The Roof of France
As he clapped his legs to the horse's back he stuck his knife into the Potawatami.The Trail Book
- 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
"to use the legs; walk or run," c.1500 (from the beginning usually with it); from leg (n.).
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.
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