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

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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.
Recent Examples on the Web People who enjoy trimming on small hedges appreciate lavender, which needs yearly shearing, while those who don’t want to mess with any plants may find that chore something to ignore and the plant will get too leggy. oregonlive, "Plant it and forget it: Low effort ways to be surrounded by greenery," 23 Feb. 2021 Start from seed or dig up a clump from your garden in early winter because those dug up in fall sometimes get too leggy. Arricca Sansone, Country Living, "How to Grow an Indoor Herb Garden That Actually Stays Alive," 18 May 2020 Sunburned, leggy and with a mop of cropped blonde hair, Ms. Love was catnip to the press. Penelope Green, New York Times, "Iris Love, Stylish Archaeologist and Dog Breeder, Dies at 86," 23 Apr. 2020 Thus, Mellow MoonPies for both Revelrous Raiment and Boogie Shoes go the leggy lass in pink hair and blooming gown topped by a studded leather jacket who deftly performed the Submarine over and over at the Krewe of Marry Mates fete. al, "Masked Observer celebrates a satisfying 2020 Carnival season," 1 Mar. 2020 The tableau had it all, and then some, opening with a spirited number by leggy dancers from the Melinda Leigh Performing Arts Center, followed by two oh-so-fabulous female impersonators: the equally divine Miss C and Miss Venus. al, "Masked Observer all-in with Incas and Butterfly Maidens," 21 Feb. 2020 Aronias or chokeberries are leggy shrubs, to six feet or so, and useful in moist areas that need an intermediate layer between low ground covers and trees. Adrian Higgins, Washington Post, "Planning your 2020 garden? You’ll want to check out the year’s Gold Medal Plants.," 1 Jan. 2020 Because real cold comfort in South Texas comes with leggy shout-outs to The ’Boys and the Silver & Black. René A. Guzman, ExpressNews.com, "Cozy up for winter with puro San Antonio hygge," 19 Nov. 2019 Any tree that is making weak growth is normally helped by pruning back leggy limbs and improving the soil around it. oregonlive, "Is it time to quit watering roses, ferns and other plants? Ask an expert," 11 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of leggy

1776, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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7 Mar 2021

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“Leggy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leggy. Accessed 17 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of leggy

: having long legs
of a plant : having very long stalks or stems

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