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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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.
Recent Examples on the Web 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 Over time, the plants do become tall and leggy, especially if not frozen back in the winter or cut back occasionally. Dan Gill, NOLA.com, "How to care for Persian shield and umbrella plants," 28 Apr. 2019 Keira Walsh was loose in midfield, and even Scott looked leggy by the time the match reached the final 25 minutes. SI.com, "England 2-0 Japan: Phil Neville's Lucky Dip Lineup Provides More Questions Than Answers in Nice," 20 June 2019 The colorful graffiti printed look was originally worn by Gigi Hadid on Off-White's Spring 2019 runway, though Céline left her jacket open for a leggier take. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Celine Dion Wearing No Pants to Paris Couture Week Is Legendary," 1 July 2019 Visit the famed Alaska SeaLife Center for an up-close look at playful sea otters, colorful puffins, and leggy octopi. National Geographic, "Alaska Family Journey: Wilderness Explorer," 17 June 2019 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

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First Known Use of leggy

1776, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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18 Jan 2020

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“Leggy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leggy. Accessed 29 Feb. 2020.

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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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