\ ˈleg How to pronounce leg (audio) also ˈlāg \

Definition of leg

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : a limb of an animal used especially for supporting the body and for walking: such as
a(1) : one of the paired vertebrate limbs that in bipeds extend from the top of the thigh to the foot
(2) : the part of such a limb between the knee and foot
b : the back half of a hindquarter of a meat animal
c : one of the rather generalized segmental appendages of an arthropod used in walking and crawling
2a : a pole or bar serving as a support or prop the legs of a tripod
b : a branch of a forked or jointed object the legs of a compass
3a : the part of an article of clothing that covers the leg
b : the part of the upper (as of a boot) that extends above the ankle
4 : obeisance, bow used chiefly in the phrase to make a leg
5 : a side of a right triangle that is not the hypotenuse also : a side of an isosceles triangle that is not the base
6a : the course and distance sailed by a boat on a single tack
b : a portion of a trip : stage
c : one section of a relay race
d : one of several events or games necessary to be won to decide a competition won the first two legs of horse racing's Triple Crown
7 : a branch or part of an object or system
8 legs plural : long-term appeal or interest a news story with legs
a leg to stand on
: support especially : a basis for one's position in a controversy
on one's last legs
: at or near the end of one's resources : on the verge of failure, exhaustion, or ruin


legged; legging

Definition of leg (Entry 2 of 3)

intransitive verb

: to use the legs in walking especially : run

Definition of leg (Entry 3 of 3)

1 legal
2 legato
3 legislative; legislature

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Other Words from leg


legless \ ˈleg-​ləs How to pronounce leg (audio) also  ˈlāg-​ \ adjective
a legless chair legless lizards
leglike or leg-like \ ˈleg-​ˌlīk How to pronounce leg (audio) also  ˈlāg-​ \ adjective
leglike appendages

Synonyms for leg

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of leg in a Sentence

Noun He sat on a chair with his legs crossed. He leaned against the wall with his legs spread so the police could search him. She broke her leg in a skiing accident. His legs gave way under him and he fell over. We had chicken legs for dinner. Would you like some more leg of lamb? the legs of a table a chair with a broken leg
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun She was treated for a left leg injury late in the second set Saturday. BostonGlobe.com, 12 June 2021 One person was injured in the blaze, a firefighter who suffered a lower leg injury and was transported to a hospital in stable condition. Washington Post, 6 June 2021 The leg injury, which sidelined him for 31 games overall, did not appear to bother Harris after his return. Roy Parry, orlandosentinel.com, 6 June 2021 After a passerby reported a three-car accident near Gilmour Academy around 8:45 a.m. on May 24, a rescue squad was dispatched for a female with a leg injury, as well as a fire engine for a smoking engine and a vehicle resting against a pole. Thomas Jewell, cleveland, 5 June 2021 The award was won last year by former Washington quarterback Alex Smith who also returned from his own serious leg injury. Dallas News, 28 May 2021 The single-car crash sent Ferrucci to the hospital with a left leg injury that still causes some pain, but he was cleared to race and has not missed any day on the track since the accident. Stefan Krajisnik, The Indianapolis Star, 28 May 2021 The incident happened Wednesday evening as Westbrook left the game with an apparent leg injury with just 10 minutes left in the fourth quarter. Justin Carissimo, CBS News, 27 May 2021 Kentavious Caldwell-Pope wasn’t as lucky, having to leave the game and head to the locker room after suffering a left leg injury while helping defend Booker. Dan Woike, Los Angeles Times, 27 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb This pillow, designed with an elevated and u-shaped body-molding cushion, helps alleviate back and leg pain commonly associated with pregnancy, and post-pregnancy, discomfort. Jennifer Ford, Forbes, 7 May 2021 This pillow, designed with an elevated and u-shaped body-molding cushion, helps alleviate back and leg pain commonly associated with pregnancy discomfort. Jennifer Ford, Forbes, 9 Apr. 2021 This week, his Instagram account said he had been denied painkillers or access to a doctor to treat debilitating back and leg pain. Laura King, Los Angeles Times, 1 Apr. 2021 Sciatica can cause back and leg pain and is due to compression on nerve roots or on the sciatic nerve which runs from the lower spine down the thigh. Fox News, 1 Jan. 2021 Bring your arm and leg back to the start, and repeat on the other side. Rozalynn S. Frazier, Health.com, 10 July 2020 Rolley suffered a concussion, ruptured blood vessel in his eye, lacerated scalp, and trauma to the head, back, arm, elbow and leg, according to the lawsuit. Ashley Remkus | Aremkus@al.com, al, 29 Apr. 2020 Beyond just titans of the genre like Jane Fonda (now leg lifting on TikTok) and Richard Simmons, there were so many celebrity or just sort of celebrity-ish workout videos in the 1980s and 1990s that going through them is a real tour of the era. Marisa Meltzer, New York Times, 9 Apr. 2020 Miriam’s brother picked up a reindeer calf that had tucked itself sleepily between the fence and ground, rump out, and carefully carried it, legs cockeyed, inside the gates. Juliana Hanle, Scientific American, 18 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of leg


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


circa 1587, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for leg


Middle English, from Old Norse leggr

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The first known use of leg was in the 13th century

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15 Jun 2021

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“Leg.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leg. Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of leg

: one of the long body parts that are used especially for standing, walking, and running
: an animal's leg when it is used as food
: any one of the long thin parts that support a table, chair, etc.


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Kids Definition of leg

1 : one of the limbs of an animal or person that support the body and are used in walking and running
2 : the part of the leg between the knee and the foot
3 : something like a leg in shape or use the legs of a table
4 : the part of a garment that covers the leg
5 : a stage or part of a journey We started the first leg of our trip.


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Medical Definition of leg

: a limb of an animal used especially for supporting the body and for walking: as
a : either of the two lower human limbs that extend from the top of the thigh to the foot and especially the part between the knee and the ankle
b : any of the rather generalized segmental appendages of an arthropod used in walking and crawling

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Legal Definition of leg

1 legal
2 legislative, legislature


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