leg·​gy | \ ˈle-gē also ˈlā- How to pronounce leggy (audio) \
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 legginess (audio) also  ˈlā-​ \ noun

Examples of leggy in a Sentence

The bush has gotten leggy and needs to be pruned.

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Stephanie Ware, a research assistant at Chicago’s Field Museum, and her colleagues have used this strange fluorescence to help identify the leggy arthropods. Jim Daley, Scientific American, "Millipede Genitalia Glow in Ultraviolet Light," 27 May 2019 Just like spiders, scorpions, amblypygids, mites and a bunch of other leggy, land-dwelling animals. Nadia Drake, National Geographic, "Bizarre horseshoe crabs are actually spider relatives," 27 Feb. 2019 Rosie Huntington-Whiteley dazzled in a beaded white ensemble, while Elsa Hosk opted for a leggy blue look. Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "The Attico Hosts a Feather-Filled Dinner in New York," 8 Feb. 2019 Playful ponytails adorned the têtes of Chloë Sevigny (who added a silk black ribbon) and Candice Swanepoel, whose polished plait effortlessly complemented her leggy LBD. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "The 10 Best Beauty Looks: Week of September 10, 2018," 11 Sep. 2018 And while Karlie Kloss sipped a café au lait while indulging in some leggy relaxation in Paris, Kate Hudson found her inner peace on a yoga mat, her restorative pose made memorable by a nearly full-term baby bump—and that lit-from-within glow. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "The 10 Best Beauty Instagrams of the Week: Zoë Kravitz, Karlie Kloss, and More," 8 July 2018 At times this awkward choreographic mix of classical positions and Slavic folk-dance posturing treated Mr. Fransson as a kind of ballet barre from which Ms. Riis-Kofoed took support to strike not always confident, leggy poses. Robert Greskovic, WSJ, "A Mixed Bill With Varied Results," 22 June 2018 Next, cut off the longest stems (which are the oldest), as well as stems that are leggy and have a lot of yellow or dead leaves. Debbie Arrington, sacbee, "How to add years to old houseplant’s life | The Sacramento Bee," 27 Apr. 2018 Which is likely why Amanda Seyfried's leggy look, worn to last night's Stockholm premiere of the Abba ode's sequel, felt so entirely on point. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Amanda Seyfried Steps Out With a Dramatic Leg Reveal Worthy of a Dancing Queen," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of leggy

1776, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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