Definition of knee-high in US English:

knee-high

adjective & adverb

  • So high as to reach the knees.

    as adjective ‘knee-high boots’
    as adverb ‘they were wading knee-high in the water’
    • ‘As Millar trudged through the knee-high snow, he watched comrades - exhausted and disoriented - tumble into drifts.’
    • ‘She was dressed in a leather jacket, a mini skirt, and knee-high boots.’
    • ‘Melissa wore a grey sleeveless top with a leather collar, knee-high brown boots and a black pleated skirt.’
    • ‘His trousers were already wet to the thigh and he was wearing knee-high rubber boots.’
    • ‘Within 45 minutes some of the campers were wading through water that was knee-high as they struggled to leave the site, adjacent to the Greta and Derwent rivers.’
    • ‘She was wearing a short black skirt, knee-high black boots, and a pink halter top.’
    • ‘Pismo clams are found in knee-high water at low tide, burrowed about 6 inches below the sand.’
    • ‘She wore a very short, black leather skirt and a pair of knee-high black leather boots.’
    • ‘Her favourite part of the uniform though had to be her black, knee-high lace-up boots.’
    minute, small-scale, scaled-down, mini, baby, toy, pocket, fun-size, petite, dwarfish, knee-high, miniature, minuscule, microscopic, nanoscopic, infinitesimal, micro, diminutive, pocket-sized, reduced, lilliputian
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noun

usually knee-highs
  • A sock or nylon stocking with an elasticized top that reaches to a person's knee.

    • ‘Maura quickly smoothed down her gray pleated skirt and pulled up her school knee-highs.’
    • ‘Socks were stuffed in the shoes, and upon pulling them out I discovered they were knee-highs.’
    • ‘But I still was hot so I took off my shoes and my knee-highs.’
    • ‘The only knee-highs I had ever worn were fishnets, and they weren't exactly school material.’
    • ‘Dressing in my normal school uniform of a pleated skirt, white blouse, and black knee-highs, I joined Seth downstairs.’

Phrases

  • knee-high to a grasshopper

    • informal Very small or very young.

      • ‘‘They're a band I've loved since I was knee-high to a grasshopper, although I'm not much taller than that now,’ says Braithwaite.’
      • ‘I haven't been on a bouncy castle since I was knee-high to a grasshopper.’
      • ‘Since I was knee-high to a grasshopper I have frequented this beautiful old house and farm, romped in its hay-barns, swum in its streams, and played hide and seek in the rambling old farmhouse.’
      • ‘I adored this show when I was but knee-high to a grasshopper, and now it returns, and I'm happy to say that it's just as exciting, just as action-packed, and just as enjoyable as I remembered.’
      • ‘Using my keen journalistic observation skills, I note that she would have been only knee-high to a grasshopper during her favourite decade.’
      • ‘She has been helping out and diving from her dad's boat since she was knee-high to a grasshopper.’
      • ‘This is one of my favourite arias from one of my favourite oratorios, and a piece I have known since I was knee-high to a grasshopper.’
      • ‘I have played since I was knee-high to a grasshopper.’
      tiny, small, little, petite, minute, miniature, mini, minuscule, microscopic, nanoscopic, small-scale, compact, pocket, toy, midget, undersized, short, stubby, elfin, dwarfish, dwarf, pygmy, bantam, homuncular, lilliputian
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Pronunciation

knee-high

/ˈˌnē ˈˌhī//ˈˌni ˈˌhaɪ/