Bow-legged

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Bow-legged having crooked legs
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. boga; cog. with Ger. bogen.

Usage

In literature:

His flumes were knock-kneed and bow-legged, and in places they had no legs at all.
"Skookum Chuck Fables" by Skookum Chuck (pseud for R.D. Cumming)
A bow-legged little man with his back to them was facing Dan Meldrum.
"The Sheriff's Son" by William MacLeod Raine
Don't you open that ugly p'tater trap at me, you bow-legged little skunk!
"Wayside Courtships" by Hamlin Garland
When he squeezes into our little flat the walls act as if they were bow-legged.
"You Should Worry Says John Henry" by George V. Hobart
And then the dog would change into a bow-legged policeman swingin' a night-stick threatenin'.
"Torchy As A Pa" by Sewell Ford
Chest and shoulders were immense, the arms too long, the slightly bowed legs too short.
"A Soldier of the Legion" by C. N. Williamson
The guardian's bowed legs had already immobilized the yellow wings by clamping them solidly against the yellow body.
"The Galaxy Primes" by Edward Elmer Smith
The boy dropped his sickle and began to amble up the hill as fast as his bow-legs would permit.
"In Apple-Blossom Time" by Clara Louise Burnham
His legs were straight instead of bowed, as are those of his distinguished German cousin.
"In Africa" by John T. McCutcheon
The operation took some time, and while Stephen was assisting in shifting the jibs, a sea struck the bows, and carried him off his legs.
"Roger Willoughby" by William H. G. Kingston
One was a red-headed giant; the other short, dark, and bow-legged.
"Fifteen Chapters of Autobiography" by George William Erskine Russell
Each sat still with his bow and arrows between his legs on the ground ready for instant use.
"The Dog Crusoe and his Master" by R.M. Ballantyne
I made a mistake: I ought to have gone in for stand-up collars, shiny hair, and bow-legs.
"A Little Norsk; Or, Ol' Pap's Flaxen" by Hamlin Garland
A stocky, bow-legged son of Kosciuszko, built close to the ground, and with a neck on him like a truck-horse, as I remembered Anton.
"The House of Torchy" by Sewell Ford
Sometimes, when cover failed, he broke into a bow-legged run.
""Wee Tim'rous Beasties"" by Douglas English
He was a squat man, with ludicrously bowed legs.
"Prairie Flowers" by James B. Hendryx
What's this bow-legged monkey doing on my bunk?
"In the Foreign Legion" by Erwin Rosen
She will start Bunny in the open field, and trail away after him in full tongue as fast as her fat bow-legs will carry her.
"A Watcher in The Woods" by Dallas Lore Sharp
Towing his pony behind him, Wolf-Voice came up, legs bowed and wobbly, horseback fashion when afoot.
"John Ermine of the Yellowstone" by Frederic Remington
Between the top of the socks and his claret-colored velveteen breeches, his dark-brown bowed legs made a somber break.
"Little Washington's Relatives" by Lillian Elizabeth Roy
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In poetry:

Among leg-straining
Mountains and the fields, too,
His Majesty's huntsmen,
Game-bows in hand,
Noisily advance-what a sight!
"Among leg-straining Mountains" by Yamabe no Akahito
A face like a hatchet, a head made to match it,
And a nose like a pelican's beak;
His legs were all bowed and he was pigeon-toed,
With a chin that was plum mild and meek.
"Yavapai Pete" by Curley Fletcher
Then my father was strong, whom the years lowly bow,--
A bison could wallow in the grooves of his brow.
He is weak, very old--he can scarcely uptear
A young pine-tree for staff since his legs cease to bear;
"The Giant In Glee" by Victor Marie Hugo

In news:

The inaugural Bow Wow Luau is Saturday, May 8 at Sandsprit Park in Stuart from 2 to 6 pm On Wednesday, event coordinator Lynda Heemsath brought a pair of four-legged friends by The Stuart News for a photo session.
He has a funny bow-legged walk.
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In science:

To this end, it suļ¬ƒces with constructing the right-angled triangle having as legs the bases of the previous bow tie.
Constructing Fresnel reflection coefficients by ruler and compass
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