knee-deep

adjective
\ ˈnē-ˈdēp How to pronounce knee-deep (audio) \

Definition of knee-deep

1a : sunk to the knees knee-deep in mud
b : deeply engaged or occupied knee-deep in work
2 : knee-high

First Known Use of knee-deep

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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knee-deep

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of knee-deep

: reaching as high as your knees
: standing in something that reaches your knees

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