Definition of Longshanks in US English:

Longshanks

(also Langshanks, Longshank)

noun

  • 1Informal (A nickname for) a tall or long-legged person.

  • 2Specifically. As the epithet of Edward I, king of England (reigned 1272–1307).

  • 3A wading bird of the genus Himantopus; a stilt.

Origin

Middle English. In some forms from long + shank.

Pronunciation

Longshanks

/ˈlɒŋʃaŋks/