peg leg


Definition of peg leg

: an artificial leg especially : one fitted at the knee

Examples of peg leg in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The innovative, award-winning design, which resembles a peg leg, allows for people with lower leg injuries to walk on their own while their injured leg rests behind them in a sling. Joelle Goldstein,, 11 Dec. 2019 At its most basic level, mid-century modern designs are known for juxtaposing sleek lines (think: skinny, peg legs on dressers and tables) with organic shapes, using new materials and methods to reimagine traditional pieces. Hillary Brown, House Beautiful, 13 Sep. 2018 The 1 looked like a peg leg and the 3 like a curlicued leg. Longreads, 16 June 2018 One of his nieces recalls her famous uncle as a funny, generous fellow who invited his nieces and nephews to kick his peg leg. Kevin Cook, Smithsonian, 29 June 2017

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First Known Use of peg leg

1769, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for peg leg

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“Peg leg.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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