bow·​leg ˈbō-ˌleg How to pronounce bowleg (audio)
: a leg bowed outward at or below the knee
ˈbō-ˌle-gəd How to pronounce bowleg (audio)

Examples of bowleg in a Sentence

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1864, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bowleg was circa 1864

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Cite this Entry

“Bowleg.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Oct. 2023.

Medical Definition


: a leg bowed outward at or below the knee

called also genu varum

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