Definition of leggy in English:

leggy

adjectiveleggier, leggiest

  • 1(of a woman) having attractively long legs.

    ‘a leggy redhead’
    • ‘There is a leggy black woman with bleached blonde curls at the bar smiling winningly at everyone.’
    • ‘News of the Prince's relationship with Mabel, a tall, leggy, attractive blonde, effectively squashed those rumours once and for all.’
    • ‘She was a tall, leggy blonde with wide lavender eyes, long black eyelashes, and lush, rose lips.’
    • ‘Julian contemplated a moment before throwing a new taunt back at the leggy woman.’
    • ‘A tall leggy figure stepped in the light of the entrance to the bar, and Brian grinned.’
    • ‘When we met, I was a boisterous, headstrong, tall, leggy blonde.’
    • ‘One, a leggy brunette in a polka dotted skirt, even winked.’
    • ‘‘I have recovered, of course,’ said the leggy model about her disastrous venture into Indian films.’
    • ‘Knit, leather, denim and couture creations were paraded down the runway by the leggy models in the form of gowns, pantsuits and ensembles that displayed an array of splashy colors.’
    • ‘Her husband lay on the bed in a compromising position with a tall, leggy blond.’
    • ‘I don't find thin, leggy blondes particularly attractive, so I don't have some secret crush on the woman.’
    • ‘Understandably there is some embellishment in how both sides present themselves, but imagine Peter's shock when a loud, sassy ex-con turns up on his doorstep one day instead of the leggy blonde he was expecting.’
    • ‘What he saw was a leggy female surrounded by four guys.’
    • ‘The tall, leggy blonde pushed rudely past Jennifer to stand in front of him.’
    • ‘The leggy lady has signed on for Moksham, a Malayalam film by national award-winning director Rajeevnath.’
    • ‘Profilers have been delighted to discover her colourful past, and in particular her infamous debut novel Elite, in which the heroine is a leggy redhead who becomes Secretary of State for Scotland.’
    • ‘The musical numbers sometimes look like they were filmed from down the block, and they and jump from shot to shot so frequently that you don't really get any sense of what they're trying to convey except that leggy women look hot in stockings.’
    • ‘Lucy is tall and leggy, with just the right shade of sun-tanned skin.’
    • ‘Welsh hero Stanley Baker heads the cast of Dingaka as a lawyer, with leggy dancer-actress Juliet Prowse as his leading lady.’
    • ‘Detective Nolan was a leggy woman in her early thirties, with a broad face.’
    1. 1.1 Having long legs.
      ‘a leggy type of collie’
      • ‘She was also holding the reins of a tall leggy coal black Thoroughbred named Helios.’
      • ‘Tall, leggy herons and the white snowy egrets wait patiently along the tidal creeks for small fish to swim by.’
      • ‘The town is a favorite nesting-place for the leggy birds, who take up residence here on the old Roman aqueduct, disused minarets and any other safe perch, in the Summers.’
      big, high, large, huge, towering
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  • 2(of a plant) having an excessively long and straggly stem.

    ‘tulips may grow tall and leggy’
    • ‘If annuals become leggy, cut their stems back by half to invigorate plants and restore their shape.’
    • ‘The geraniums, grown far too leggy and monstrous to be attractive, were still full of bud, so we consigned them to the bank below the patio.’
    • ‘When plants reach for light, they become leggy.’
    • ‘It grew into a tall, rather leggy shrub with not much to recommend it apart from unusually long, leathery leaves.’
    • ‘Pinching leggy plants promotes stronger stems and better flowers.’
    • ‘Without adequate light, plants will become leggy, and they won't flower.’
    • ‘The stems tend to look leggy and sparse when they survive the winter.’
    • ‘Petunias will take some shade, but the deeper the shade, the fewer the flowers and the more leggy plants will become as they stretch for light.’
    • ‘Excessively rich soil fosters leggy, less attractive growth and leaves plants more prone to pests.’
    • ‘If the plant has been neglected and gotten leggy, or if you are planting a new rose, then cutting back to the six-inch mark should encourage strong new canes from the base.’
    • ‘First, if the plant has gotten leggy over the summer, shear it back to a more manageable height.’
    • ‘Give the plants a light to medium pruning, enough to shape any leggy stems and to encourage bushy growth.’
    • ‘Plants without enough light will be weak and leggy.’
    • ‘These have grown into leggy shrubs, but not yet mature trees.’
    • ‘Keep plants looking lush and full by pruning leggy stems back to buds or branches and removing off-colored and damaged foliage.’
    • ‘Dwarf varieties produce smaller flowers but their stems are not as leggy.’
    • ‘Don't buy leggy plants or ones that are overgrown and rootbound.’
    • ‘If young plants are leggy, pinch off new growth to encourage bushiness.’
    • ‘If planted in the shade they tend to become tall and leggy as they strive to reach towards the life giving sun and if in too damp a spot, the stems become too weak to hold the huge flower heads erect and thus fall over.’
    • ‘There are many different kinds of basil, but all grow rapidly and require frequent pinching back to prevent them from growing tall and leggy.’

Pronunciation

leggy

/ˈlɛɡi/