Definition of father-long-legs in English:

father-long-legs

noun

rare, historical
  • 1British. A crane fly; = "daddy-long-legs".

  • 2Chiefly North American. A harvestman (order Opiliones), which has a small rounded body and very long thin legs.

Origin

Mid 18th century; earliest use found in Henry Baker (1698–1774), natural philosopher and teacher of deaf people. From father + long + the plural of leg.

Pronunciation

father-long-legs

/ˌfɑːðəˈlɒŋlɛɡz/