daddy longlegs

noun
dad·​dy long·​legs | \ ˌda-dē-ˈlȯŋ-ˌlegz How to pronounce daddy longlegs (audio) , -ˌlāgz\
plural daddy longlegs

Definition of daddy longlegs

1 chiefly British : crane fly
2 : any of an order (Opiliones) of arachnids that have slender usually long legs and that resemble spiders but have an oval body lacking a constriction

called also harvestman

First Known Use of daddy longlegs

1818, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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The first known use of daddy longlegs was in 1818

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daddy longlegs

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English Language Learners Definition of daddy longlegs

US : a small insect that looks like a spider and that has a small round body and long thin legs

daddy longlegs

noun
dad·​dy long·​legs | \ ˌda-dē-ˈlȯŋ-ˌlegz How to pronounce daddy longlegs (audio) \
plural daddy longlegs

Kids Definition of daddy longlegs

1 : a small animal like the related spider but with longer more slender legs
2 : a fly with long legs that resembles a large mosquito but does not bite

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