noun, plural spin·dle·legs for 2.

(used with a plural verb) long, thin legs.
(used with a singular verb) Informal. a tall, thin person with such legs.

Origin of spindlelegs

First recorded in 1640–50; spindle + leg + -s3
Related formsspin·dle-leg·ged [spin-dl-leg-id, -legd] /ˈspɪn dlˌlɛg ɪd, -ˌlɛgd/, adjective
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Examples from the Web for spindle-legged

Historical Examples of spindle-legged

  • He lifted a spindle-legged table in the air and went on talking.


    Anna Balmer Myers

  • His huge bulk overflowed the spindle-legged chair on which he sat.

  • In body, like the Pygmies, they are thin and spindle-legged.

    Man And His Ancestor

    Charles Morris

  • He reached out and touched the spindle-legged table at his side.

    The Rest Hollow Mystery

    Rebecca N. Porter

  • He gripped the back of the spindle-legged chair, and could find no word to say.

    From One Generation to Another

    Henry Seton Merriman

British Dictionary definitions for spindle-legged




having long thin legs


spindleshanks (ˈspɪndəlˌʃæŋks)

pl n

long thin legs
(functioning as singular) a person who has long thin legs
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