[pij-uh n-tohd]


having the toes or feet turned inward.

Origin of pigeon-toed

First recorded in 1795–1805
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Historical Examples of pigeon-toed

  • It did not sound like Silver, but it might be the pigeon-toed horse of Miss Allen.

  • One would have imagined that he would deem it meet that a Kittredge should be pigeon-toed.

    His "Day In Court"

    Charles Egbert Craddock (AKA Mary Noailles Murfree)

  • Animals with this deformity are "pigeon-toed," and are prone to interfere, the inside toe striking the opposite fetlock.

    Special Report on Diseases of the Horse

    United States Department of Agriculture

  • "I suppose you mean that red-headed, pigeon-toed brute that hangs around the Wrights' place," says she.

    The Man Next Door

    Emerson Hough

  • Two stumbling figures fleeing, pigeon-toed and sharp-heeled, on the further side of the arroyo meant much to Dan Anderson.

    Heart's Desire

    Emerson Hough

British Dictionary definitions for pigeon-toed



having the toes turned inwards
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Word Origin and History for pigeon-toed

1788, originally of horses; see pigeon.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

pigeon-toed in Medicine



Having the toes turned inward.
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