leggy

adjective

leg·​gy ˈle-gē How to pronounce leggy (audio)
 also  ˈlā-
leggier; leggiest
1
a
: having very long legs
In high school in Wareham, Mass., Davis ran track. She was tall, leggy and fast.Anamaria Wilson
The best time to view the cranes is 30 minutes before and after sunrise, just before they leave to feed for the morning. The leggy birds generally return to the wildlife area before noon, where they will remain for the rest of the day.States News Service
b
: having long and attractive legs
… the person with the answers is a leggy brunette dressed slickly in black.Leon Wieseltier
c
: having many legs
Later, when other specialists scoured the same small area in California looking for these millipedes, they came back empty-handed. Part of the problem is that the leggy creatures are hard to see.Emily Sohn
2
: having long shoots or stems with little foliage : spindly
Both plants are somewhat leggy and therefore a bit awkward on their own but look just fine in a crowd.Tom Peace
Mahonias and nandinas often get leggy and bare at the bottom as they mature.Fred C. Galle
Seedlings become "leggy" if they don't get enough light. … The stems will stretch and grow weak if they are too far from the lights.Rita Buchanan
used of a plant
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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Word History

First Known Use

1776, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of leggy was in 1776

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“Leggy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leggy. Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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leggy

adjective
leg·​gy ˈleg-ē How to pronounce leggy (audio)
1
: having unusually long legs
2
: having long and attractive legs
3
: spindly
a leggy plant
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