leg·​gy | \ ˈle-gē How to pronounce leggy (audio) also ˈlā- \
leggier; leggiest

Definition of leggy

1 : having disproportionately long legs
2 : having long and attractive legs
3 : spindly used of a plant

Other Words from leggy

legginess \ ˈle-​gē-​nəs How to pronounce leggy (audio) also  ˈlā-​ \ noun

Examples of leggy in a Sentence

The bush has gotten leggy and needs to be pruned.
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First Known Use of leggy

1776, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Leggy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leggy. Accessed 29 Jun. 2022.

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