\ ˈleg How to pronounce leg (audio) also ˈlāg \

Definition of leg

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : a limb of an animal used especially for supporting the body and for walking: such as
a(1) : one of the paired vertebrate limbs that in bipeds extend from the top of the thigh to the foot
(2) : the part of such a limb between the knee and foot
b : the back half of a hindquarter of a meat animal
c : one of the rather generalized segmental appendages of an arthropod used in walking and crawling
2a : a pole or bar serving as a support or prop the legs of a tripod
b : a branch of a forked or jointed object the legs of a compass
3a : the part of an article of clothing that covers the leg
b : the part of the upper (as of a boot) that extends above the ankle
4 : obeisance, bow used chiefly in the phrase to make a leg
5 : a side of a right triangle that is not the hypotenuse also : a side of an isosceles triangle that is not the base
6a : the course and distance sailed by a boat on a single tack
b : a portion of a trip : stage
c : one section of a relay race
d : one of several events or games necessary to be won to decide a competition won the first two legs of horse racing's Triple Crown
7 : a branch or part of an object or system
8 legs plural : long-term appeal or interest a news story with legs
a leg to stand on
: support especially : a basis for one's position in a controversy
on one's last legs
: at or near the end of one's resources : on the verge of failure, exhaustion, or ruin


legged; legging

Definition of leg (Entry 2 of 3)

intransitive verb

: to use the legs in walking especially : run

Definition of leg (Entry 3 of 3)

1 legal
2 legato
3 legislative; legislature

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Other Words from leg


legless \ ˈleg-​ləs How to pronounce leg (audio) also  ˈlāg-​ \ adjective
a legless chair legless lizards
leglike or leg-like \ ˈleg-​ˌlīk How to pronounce leg (audio) also  ˈlāg-​ \ adjective
leglike appendages

Synonyms for leg

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of leg in a Sentence

Noun He sat on a chair with his legs crossed. He leaned against the wall with his legs spread so the police could search him. She broke her leg in a skiing accident. His legs gave way under him and he fell over. We had chicken legs for dinner. Would you like some more leg of lamb? the legs of a table a chair with a broken leg
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The unidentified boy was playing on a boogie board around 4:30 p.m. when he was bitten on the leg, according to Capt. Lisa Maria Garza, orlandosentinel.com, 15 July 2021 Police did not share a photo of the graffiti but an image posted on Twitter showed a black swastika spray-painted on the statue's chest and SS bolts on a leg. Brisa Colon, CNN, 7 July 2021 For recreational athletes, PBT could involve standing on one leg for 30 seconds with their eyes closed. Washington Post, 6 July 2021 The commander was struck in his foot, and the sergeant was grazed on the leg. Peter Aitken, Fox News, 5 July 2021 Burly slugger Daniel Vogelbach hobbled home on one leg when Arizona's defense fell asleep, and the Diamondbacks dropped back into a rut Tuesday night with a 5-0 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers. Jack Thompson, ajc, 23 June 2021 There are also pockets on each leg of the bike shorts for extra storage (these pockets can fit most smartphones, according to reviewers). Travel + Leisure, 22 June 2021 Mayor Dail hit the first shot on the municipal seaside links, the ball traveling no more than 10 yards before striking a spectator on the leg. Merrie Monteagudo, San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 June 2021 The last show on that 2019 leg was Nov. 1 in Philadelphia. Brian Mccollum, Detroit Free Press, 18 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb This pillow, designed with an elevated and u-shaped body-molding cushion, helps alleviate back and leg pain commonly associated with pregnancy, and post-pregnancy, discomfort. Jennifer Ford, Forbes, 7 May 2021 This pillow, designed with an elevated and u-shaped body-molding cushion, helps alleviate back and leg pain commonly associated with pregnancy discomfort. Jennifer Ford, Forbes, 9 Apr. 2021 This week, his Instagram account said he had been denied painkillers or access to a doctor to treat debilitating back and leg pain. Laura King, Los Angeles Times, 1 Apr. 2021 Sciatica can cause back and leg pain and is due to compression on nerve roots or on the sciatic nerve which runs from the lower spine down the thigh. Fox News, 1 Jan. 2021 Bring your arm and leg back to the start, and repeat on the other side. Rozalynn S. Frazier, Health.com, 10 July 2020 Rolley suffered a concussion, ruptured blood vessel in his eye, lacerated scalp, and trauma to the head, back, arm, elbow and leg, according to the lawsuit. Ashley Remkus | Aremkus@al.com, al, 29 Apr. 2020 Beyond just titans of the genre like Jane Fonda (now leg lifting on TikTok) and Richard Simmons, there were so many celebrity or just sort of celebrity-ish workout videos in the 1980s and 1990s that going through them is a real tour of the era. Marisa Meltzer, New York Times, 9 Apr. 2020 Miriam’s brother picked up a reindeer calf that had tucked itself sleepily between the fence and ground, rump out, and carefully carried it, legs cockeyed, inside the gates. Juliana Hanle, Scientific American, 18 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of leg


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


circa 1587, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for leg


Middle English, from Old Norse leggr

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“Leg.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leg. Accessed 28 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of leg

: one of the long body parts that are used especially for standing, walking, and running
: an animal's leg when it is used as food
: any one of the long thin parts that support a table, chair, etc.


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Kids Definition of leg

1 : one of the limbs of an animal or person that support the body and are used in walking and running
2 : the part of the leg between the knee and the foot
3 : something like a leg in shape or use the legs of a table
4 : the part of a garment that covers the leg
5 : a stage or part of a journey We started the first leg of our trip.


\ ˈleg, ˈlāg How to pronounce leg (audio) \

Medical Definition of leg

: a limb of an animal used especially for supporting the body and for walking: as
a : either of the two lower human limbs that extend from the top of the thigh to the foot and especially the part between the knee and the ankle
b : any of the rather generalized segmental appendages of an arthropod used in walking and crawling

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Legal Definition of leg

1 legal
2 legislative, legislature

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