Definition of leggy in English:



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

    ‘a leggy redhead’
    • ‘The tall, leggy blonde pushed rudely past Jennifer to stand in front of him.’
    • ‘One, a leggy brunette in a polka dotted skirt, even winked.’
    • ‘I don't find thin, leggy blondes particularly attractive, so I don't have some secret crush on the woman.’
    • ‘‘I have recovered, of course,’ said the leggy model about her disastrous venture into Indian films.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There is a leggy black woman with bleached blonde curls at the bar smiling winningly at everyone.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Welsh hero Stanley Baker heads the cast of Dingaka as a lawyer, with leggy dancer-actress Juliet Prowse as his leading lady.’
    • ‘She was a tall, leggy blonde with wide lavender eyes, long black eyelashes, and lush, rose lips.’
    • ‘Her husband lay on the bed in a compromising position with a tall, leggy blond.’
    • ‘The leggy lady has signed on for Moksham, a Malayalam film by national award-winning director Rajeevnath.’
    • ‘Detective Nolan was a leggy woman in her early thirties, with a broad face.’
    • ‘Julian contemplated a moment before throwing a new taunt back at the leggy woman.’
    • ‘Lucy is tall and leggy, with just the right shade of sun-tanned skin.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘When we met, I was a boisterous, headstrong, tall, leggy blonde.’
    • ‘News of the Prince's relationship with Mabel, a tall, leggy, attractive blonde, effectively squashed those rumours once and for all.’
    • ‘A tall leggy figure stepped in the light of the entrance to the bar, and Brian grinned.’
    1. 1.1Having long legs.
      ‘a leggy type of collie’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      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’
    • ‘Excessively rich soil fosters leggy, less attractive growth and leaves plants more prone to pests.’
    • ‘These have grown into leggy shrubs, but not yet mature trees.’
    • ‘Without adequate light, plants will become leggy, and they won't flower.’
    • ‘When plants reach for light, they become leggy.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Pinching leggy plants promotes stronger stems and better flowers.’
    • ‘First, if the plant has gotten leggy over the summer, shear it back to a more manageable height.’
    • ‘If annuals become leggy, cut their stems back by half to invigorate plants and restore their shape.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If young plants are leggy, pinch off new growth to encourage bushiness.’
    • ‘Don't buy leggy plants or ones that are overgrown and rootbound.’
    • ‘Plants without enough light will be weak and leggy.’
    • ‘Give the plants a light to medium pruning, enough to shape any leggy stems and to encourage bushy growth.’
    • ‘There are many different kinds of basil, but all grow rapidly and require frequent pinching back to prevent them from growing tall and leggy.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Keep plants looking lush and full by pruning leggy stems back to buds or branches and removing off-colored and damaged foliage.’
    • ‘It grew into a tall, rather leggy shrub with not much to recommend it apart from unusually long, leathery leaves.’
    • ‘Dwarf varieties produce smaller flowers but their stems are not as leggy.’
    • ‘The stems tend to look leggy and sparse when they survive the winter.’