Definition of bow legs in English:

bow legs

plural noun

  • Legs that curve outwards at the knee; bandy legs.

    • ‘Inadequate bone formation leads to bending in weight-bearing bones, giving rise to bow legs and knock knees.’
    • ‘In older children, bow legs can be caused by many different problems.’
    • ‘If you have bow-legs or knock knees high impact exercise can cause joint pain.’
    • ‘A shortage leads to aches and pains in children but if untreated can go on to cause serious bone weakness including the bow legs characteristic of rickets.’
    • ‘Rickets can result in stunted growth, delays in motor development and bow legs in children.’
    • ‘These children have conditions such as club feet (where they walk on the sides of their ankles), angular deformities (such as bow legs of more than 90°), and osteomyelitis (where infection has destroyed whole sections of their bones).’
    • ‘This could be due to joint deformities like bow legs and knock knees, which produce a misalignment and overload on one half of the joint.’
    • ‘He said he remembered his father, who died in 1969, had walked with bow legs.’
    • ‘He was short, with bow legs and the strongest back I ever saw on a man his size.’
    • ‘Other babies seem to be born with a tendency to bow legs and toeing in.’
    • ‘You need the operation if your knee is very stiff, unstable, or is severely deformed (knock knees, bow legs, rheumatoid arthritis, or hemophilia deformity).’
    • ‘He has bow legs and a fast mouth and little if any concern for his physical well-being.’
    • ‘With bow legs and long wickedly curved claws they actually make a very powerful package.’
    • ‘Look at old man Tolepi the former farmhand, with his thin bow legs.’
    • ‘This disease is characterized by bone deformities (such as bow legs, pigeon breast, and knobby bone growths on the ribs where they join the breastbone) and tooth abnormalities.’

Pronunciation

bow legs

/bəʊ ˈlɛɡz/