[ spin-dl-legz ]
/ ˈspɪn dlˌlɛgz /
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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.



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Origin of spindlelegs

First recorded in 1640–50; spindle + leg + -s3
spin·dle-leg·ged [spin-dl-leg-id, -legd], /ˈspɪn dlˌlɛg ɪd, -ˌlɛgd/, adjective
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  • His spindlelegs and sparrow feet are those of the tenor Mario, prince of Candia.

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British Dictionary definitions for spindlelegs


spindleshanks (ˈspɪndəlˌʃæŋks)

/ (ˈspɪndəlˌlɛɡz) /

pl n

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