A leg is the part of a person's body that they use to walk around. All legs, including those of humans and tables alike, are meant to support.

Your leg is the appendage that stretches from your hip to your ankle, bending handily at the knee so you can run, walk, jump, sit, and skip. You probably also use the word leg to refer to one side of your pants; a support holding a table up; and one separate section of a long trip: "I'm stopping for coffee on the next leg of my journey." Leg probably comes from a Proto-Indo-European root meaning "to bend."

Definitions of leg
  1. noun
    a human limb; commonly used to refer to a whole limb but technically only the part of the limb between the knee and ankle
    see moresee less
    show 4 types...
    hide 4 types...
    peg, pin, stick
    informal terms for the leg
    bandy leg, bandyleg, bow leg, bowleg, genu varum, tibia vara
    a leg bowed outward at the knee (or below the knee)
    shank's mare, shank's pony, shanks' mare, shanks' pony
    you own legs
    spindlelegs, spindleshanks
    long thin legs
    type of:
    one of the jointed appendages of an animal used for locomotion or grasping: arm; leg; wing; flipper
  2. noun
    a structure in animals that is similar to a human leg and used for locomotion
    see moresee less
    the anterior pair of legs of a centipede that are modified to seize prey and inject venom from the toxicognaths
    animal leg
    the leg of an animal
    type of:
    one of the jointed appendages of an animal used for locomotion or grasping: arm; leg; wing; flipper
  3. noun
    the limb of an animal used for food
    see moresee less
    ham hock
    a small cut of meat from the leg just above the foot
    gigot, leg of lamb
    lamb leg suitable for roasting
    type of:
    cut, cut of meat
    a piece of meat that has been cut from an animal carcass
  4. noun
    a prosthesis that replaces a missing leg
    synonyms: peg, pegleg, wooden leg
    see moresee less
    type of:
    prosthesis, prosthetic device
    corrective consisting of a replacement for a part of the body
  5. noun
    a cloth covering consisting of the part of a pair of trousers that covers a person's leg
    see moresee less
    pant leg, trouser leg
    the leg of a pair of trousers
    type of:
    cloth covering
    a covering made of cloth
  6. noun
    one of the supports for a piece of furniture
    see moresee less
    type of:
    any device that bears the weight of another thing
  7. noun
    a part of a forked or branching shape
    synonyms: branch, ramification
    see moresee less
    a bifurcating branch (one or both of them)
    (biology) a branching or armlike part of an animal
    crotch, fork
    the region of the angle formed by the junction of two branches
    type of:
    a figure that is a part of another figure
  8. noun
    a section or portion of a journey or course
    synonyms: stage
    see moresee less
    a section along the route of a bus for which the fare is the same
    type of:
    travel, traveling, travelling
    the act of going from one place to another
  9. noun
    (nautical) the distance traveled by a sailing vessel on a single tack
    see moresee less
    type of:
    distance, length
    size of the gap between two places
Word Family