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Leg
See also: lég, lèg, -leg, leg-, leg., l?g, and g

English

Etymology 1

From Middle English leg, legge, from Old Norse leggr ("leg, calf, bone of the arm or leg, hollow tube, stalk"), from Proto-Germanic *lagjaz, *lagwijaz ("leg, thigh"), from Proto-Indo-European *(?)lak-, *l?k- ("leg; the main muscle of the arm or leg").

Cognate with Scots leg ("leg"), Icelandic leggur ("leg, limb"), Norwegian Bokmål legg ("leg"), Norwegian Nynorsk legg ("leg"), Swedish Swedish lägg ("leg, shank, shaft"), Danish læg ("leg"), Lombardic lagi ("thigh, shank, leg"), Latin lacertus ("limb, arm"), Persian (leng). Upon borrowing, mostly displaced the native Old English term s?anca (Modern English shank).

Pronunciation

  • (UK, US) IPA(key): /l/
  • (some US dialects) IPA(key): /le/[1]
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  • Rhymes: -

Noun

leg (plural legs)

  1. A limb or appendage that an animal uses for support or locomotion.
    Insects have six legs.
  2. In humans, the lower limb extending from the groin to the ankle.
    Dan won't be able to come to the party, since he broke his leg last week and is now on crutches.
  3. (anatomy) The portion of the lower limb of a human that extends from the knee to the ankle.
  4. A part of garment, such as a pair of trousers/pants, that covers a leg.
    The left leg of these jeans has a tear.
  5. A rod-like protrusion from an inanimate object, supporting it from underneath.
    the legs of a chair or table
  6. (figurative) Something that supports.
    This observation is an important leg of my argument.
  7. A stage of a journey, race etc.
    After six days, we're finally in the last leg of our cross-country trip.
  8. (nautical) A distance that a sailing vessel does without changing the sails from one side to the other.
  9. (nautical) One side of a multiple-sided (often triangular) course in a sailing race.
  10. (sports) A single game or match played in a tournament or other sporting contest.
    • 2011 November 11, Rory Houston, "Estonia 0-4 Republic of Ireland", in RTE Sport[1]:
      A stunning performance from the Republic of Ireland all but sealed progress to Euro 2012 as they crushed nine-man Estonia 4-0 in the first leg of the qualifying play-off tie in A Le Coq Arena in Tallinn.
  11. (geometry) One of the two sides of a right triangle that is not the hypotenuse.
  12. (geometry) One of the branches of a hyperbola or other curve which extend outward indefinitely.
  13. (Can we verify(+) this sense?) (usually used in plural) evidence, the ability for a thing or idea to succeed or persist
    This proposal has no legs. Almost everyone opposes it.
  14. (Britain, slang, archaic) A disreputable sporting character; a blackleg.
  15. An extension of a steam boiler downward, in the form of a narrow space between vertical plates, sometimes nearly surrounding the furnace and ash pit, and serving to support the boiler; called also water leg.
  16. In a grain elevator, the case containing the lower part of the belt which carries the buckets.
  17. (cricket, attributive) Denotes the half of the field on the same side as the batsman's legs; the left side for a right-handed batsman.
    Synonym: on; Antonym: off
    Ponsonby-Smythe hit a thumping drive through the leg fielders.
  18. (Can we verify(+) this sense?) (cricket) A fielder whose position is on the outside, a little in rear of the batter.
  19. (telephony) A branch or lateral circuit connecting an instrument with the main line.
  20. (electrical) A branch circuit; one phase of a polyphase system.
  21. (finance) An underlying instrument of a derivatives strategy.
  22. (US, slang, military) An army soldier assigned to a paratrooper unit who has not yet been qualified as a paratrooper.
  23. (now archaic) A gesture of submission; a bow or curtsey. Chiefly in phrase make a leg.
    • 1748, Samuel Richardson, Clarissa, Letter 74:
      Hickman came in, making his legs, and stroking his cravat and ruffles.
Alternative forms
Synonyms
Derived terms
Translations

See leg/translations § Noun.

See also

Verb

leg (third-person singular simple present legs, present participle legging, simple past and past participle legged)

  1. To remove the legs from an animal carcass.
  2. To build legs onto a platform or stage for support.
  3. To put a series of three or more options strikes into the stock market.
  4. To apply force using the leg (as in 'to leg a horse').
Derived terms

References

  1. ^ "leg" in Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary.

Etymology 2

Noun

leg (plural not attested)

  1. Abbreviation of legislature.
    One argument made a lot in the leg was that the bill would simplify voting.

Adjective

leg (not comparable)

  1. Abbreviation of legislative.
    The party wants to tackle social issues in the next leg term.

Anagrams


Aromanian

Alternative forms

Etymology

From Latin lig?. Compare Romanian lega, leg.

Verb

leg (second-person singular present indicative ledz, third-person singular present indicative leadzi or leadze, second-person plural present indicative ligats, past participle ligatã)

  1. I tie, bind.

Related terms

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Danish

Pronunciation

Etymology 1

From Old Norse leikr, from Proto-Germanic *laikaz.

Noun

leg c (singular definite legen, plural indefinite lege)

  1. play, game
  2. (zoology) spawning (fish)
Inflection

Etymology 2

See the etymology of the main entry.

Verb

leg

  1. imperative of lege

Dupaningan Agta

Noun

leg

  1. neck; throat

Dutch

Pronunciation

Verb

leg

  1. first-person singular present indicative of leggen
  2. imperative of leggen

Anagrams


German

Alternative forms

Pronunciation

Verb

leg

  1. (colloquial) first-person singular present of legen
  2. singular imperative of legen
  3. (colloquial) first-person singular subjunctive I of legen
  4. (colloquial) third-person singular subjunctive I of legen

Hungarian

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): [ 'l]
  • Hyphenation: leg
  • Rhymes: -

Etymology 1

Back-formation from leg- (prefix forming superlative adjectives).

Noun

leg (plural legek)

  1. (chiefly in the plural, informal) best, most (record-setting achievement, property or amount)
    a labdarúgás legjei - the best [achievements] of football
    a legek legje (singular) - the best of the best
Declension
Possessive forms of leg
possessor single possession multiple possessions
1st person sing. legem legjeim
2nd person sing. leged legjeid
3rd person sing. legje legjei
1st person plural legünk legjeink
2nd person plural legetek legjeitek
3rd person plural legjük legjeik

Etymology 2

From English leg ("single game or match played in a tournament").

Noun

leg (plural legek)

  1. (darts) leg (single game played in darts)
Declension
Possessive forms of leg
possessor single possession multiple possessions
1st person sing. legem legjeim
2nd person sing. leged legjeid
3rd person sing. legje legjei
1st person plural legünk legjeink
2nd person plural legetek legjeitek
3rd person plural legjük legjeik

Icelandic

Pronunciation

Noun

leg n (genitive singular legs, nominative plural leg)

  1. uterus

Declension

Derived terms


Middle English

Alternative forms

Etymology

From Old Norse leggr, from Proto-Germanic *lagjaz.

Pronunciation

Noun

leg (plural legges)

  1. leg, limb
  2. shank, shin
  3. leg (cut of meat)
  4. leg armour
  5. The stem of a wine glass

Descendants

  • English: leg
  • Scots: leg

References


Norwegian Bokmål

Verb

leg

  1. imperative of lege

Old Norse

Noun

leg n

  1. burial place

Declension

Derived terms

References

  • leg in Geir T. Zoëga (1910) A Concise Dictionary of Old Icelandic, Oxford: Clarendon Press

Polish

Pronunciation

Noun

leg

  1. genitive plural of lega

Romanian

Pronunciation

Verb

leg

  1. first-person singular present indicative of lega
  2. first-person singular present subjunctive of lega

Swedish

Adjective

leg

  1. certified, authorized; indicating an authorized medical doctor, not a quack. Abbreviation of legitimerad.

Noun

leg n

  1. (slang) ID card showing the owner's age; Abbreviation of legitimation.
    Jag fick visa leg på systemet.
    I had to show my ID card at Systembolaget.

Declension

Declension of leg 
Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative leg legget leg leggen
Genitive legs leggets legs leggens

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Anagrams


Torres Strait Creole

Etymology

From English leg.

Noun

leg

  1. lower leg, foot

Synonyms

  • ngar (western dialect)

Westrobothnian

Etymology

From Old Norse leg.

Noun

leg n (definite leje, dative lejen)

  1. afterbirth from calving
Synonyms

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