Meaning of LEG in English


transcription, транскрипция: [ leg ]

( legs)

Frequency: The word is one of the 1500 most common words in English.


A person or animal’s legs are the long parts of their body that they use to stand on.

He was tapping his walking stick against his leg.

N-COUNT : usu poss N

• -legged

Her name was Sheila, a long-legged blonde.

...a large four-legged animal.



The legs of a pair of trousers are the parts that cover your legs.

He moved on through wet grass that soaked his trouser legs.

N-COUNT : usu pl


A leg of lamb, pork, chicken, or other meat is a piece of meat that consists of the animal’s or bird’s leg, especially the thigh.

...a chicken leg.

...a leg of mutton.

N-COUNT : n N , N of n


The legs of a table, chair, or other piece of furniture are the parts that rest on the floor and support the furniture’s weight.

His ankles were tied to the legs of the chair...

N-COUNT : usu with supp , oft n N , N of n

• -legged

...a three-legged stool.



A leg of a long journey is one part of it, usually between two points where you stop.

The first leg of the journey was by boat to Lake Naivasha in Kenya.

N-COUNT : usu ord N , N of n


A leg of a sports competition is one of a series of games that are played to find an overall winner. ( mainly BRIT )

They will televise both legs of Leeds’ European Cup clash with Rangers.



If you say that something or someone is on their last legs , you mean that the period of time when they were successful or strong is ending. ( INFORMAL )

This relationship is on its last legs.

PHRASE : usu v-link PHR


If you are pulling someone’s leg , you are teasing them by telling them something shocking or worrying as a joke. ( INFORMAL )

Of course I won’t tell them; I was only pulling your leg.

PHRASE : V inflects


If you say that someone does not have a leg to stand on , or hasn’t got a leg to stand on , you mean that a statement or claim they have made cannot be justified or proved. ( INFORMAL )

It’s only my word against his, I know. So I don’t have a leg to stand on.

PHRASE : with brd-neg


an arm and a leg: see arm

with your tail between your legs: see tail

Collins COBUILD Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Английский словарь Коллинз COBUILD для изучающих язык на продвинутом уровне.