- a covering of canvas, leather, etc. for protecting the leg below the knee
- a child's outer garment with legs, worn in cold weather
- a tightfitting garment like tights but without feet, varying in length from the ankle to just above the knee
- A leg covering usually extending from the ankle to the knee and often made of material such as leather or canvas, worn especially by soldiers and workers.
- leggingsa. A tight-fitting, stretchable garment that covers the body from the waist to the ankle.b. Warm outerwear pants for children.
- Present participle of leg.
Variant of leg
- one of the parts of the body by means of which animals stand and walk, specif., in human beings,
- one of the lower limbs
- Anat. the part of either lower limb from the knee to the foot
- a cut of meat consisting of the leg or its lower part
- the part of a stocking, slacks, etc. that covers the leg
- anything that resembles a leg in shape or use; specif.,
- a bar or pole used as a support or prop
- any of the supports of a piece of furniture
- any of the branches of a forked or jointed object
- the run made by a sailing vessel on one tack
- any of the stages of a journey or other course
- Slang a sustained ability to attract audiences: said as of a film
- Cricket that part of the field which lies to the left and back of the batsman
- Math. either of the sides of a triangle other than its base or, in a right-angled triangle, its hypotenuse
Origin of legMiddle English ; from Old Norse leggr, a leg, limb ; from Indo-European base an unverified form lek-, limb from source Classical Latin lacertus, muscle, lacerta, lizard
get up on one's hind legs
Informal to become assertive, belligerent, etc.
give a leg upInformal
- to help to mount
- to help advance
not have a leg to stand on
Informal to have absolutely no defense, excuse, or justification
on one's last legsor on its last legs
Informal not far from exhaustion, death, breakdown, etc.
pull someone's leg
Informal to make fun of or fool by playing on a person's credulity
shake a legSlang
- to hurry
- to dance
stretch one's legs
to walk, esp. after sitting a long time
take to one's legs
to run away