One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
verb[WITH OBJECT]usually as adjective spraddled
North American, West Indian
Spread (one's legs) far apart.‘the cat's spraddled hind legs’
- ‘Before long heads began poking above the water's surface, and eventually big critters with blackish shells and spraddled legs began pulling themselves onto shore.’
- ‘None of the men moved to help her or even look at her, and she sat there leaning back on her elbows, legs spraddled, a white gash of thigh exposed up to the black crotch of her underwear.’
- ‘When he arose, it was noticeable that he stood with legs spraddled over a large grass basket.’
- ‘If per chance one of your birds becomes spraddle-legged, fasten a soft cord to one leg at the ankle.’
- ‘Sand usually doesn't work too well and again you often wind up with spraddle-legged youngsters.’
- ‘This lizard's flattened body structure and spraddled gait make this animal perfectly adapted for living in rock piles.’
- ‘She leans into the turn, finely balanced, feet spraddled and pressing the stirrups.’
- ‘They tumble out of the sky like maple leaves, side-slipping right and left to lose altitude, feet spraddled toward shouts of welcome below.’
- ‘He's spraddling out the legs of his tripod to get it down to her level.’
- ‘But if spraddle is a term which has never completely gone out of style, squinch is downright popular.’
Mid 17th century (in the sense ‘sprawl’): probably from sprad, dialect past participle of spread.
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