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’
- ‘But if spraddle is a term which has never completely gone out of style, squinch is downright popular.’
- ‘If per chance one of your birds becomes spraddle-legged, fasten a soft cord to one leg at the ankle.’
- ‘He's spraddling out the legs of his tripod to get it down to her level.’
- ‘When he arose, it was noticeable that he stood with legs spraddled over a large grass basket.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘They tumble out of the sky like maple leaves, side-slipping right and left to lose altitude, feet spraddled toward shouts of welcome below.’
- ‘She leans into the turn, finely balanced, feet spraddled and pressing the stirrups.’
- ‘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.’
Mid 17th century (in the sense ‘sprawl’): probably from sprad, dialect past participle of spread.
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