Meaning of LEG in English

LEG

/ leg; NAmE / noun , verb

■ noun

PART OF BODY

1.

[ C ] one of the long parts that connect the feet to the rest of the body :

I broke my leg playing football.

How many legs does a centipede have?

front / back legs

forelegs / hind legs

a wooden leg

—picture at body

—see also bow legs , daddy-long-legs , inside leg , leggy , legroom , peg leg , sea legs

MEAT

2.

[ C , U ] leg (of sth) the leg of an animal, especially the top part, cooked and eaten :

frogs' legs

chicken legs

roast leg of lamb

OF TROUSERS / PANTS

3.

[ C ] the part of a pair of trousers / pants that covers the leg :

a trouser / pant leg

These jeans are too long in the leg .

OF TABLE / CHAIR

4.

[ C ] one of the long thin parts on the bottom of a table, chair, etc. that support it :

a chair leg

-LEGGED

5.

/ˈlegɪd; legd/ (in adjectives) having the number or type of legs mentioned :

a three-legged stool

a long-legged insect

HELP NOTE : When -legged is used with numbers, it is nearly always pronounced / ˈleɡɪd / ; in other adjectives it can be pronounced / ˈleɡɪd / or / leɡd / .

—see also cross-legged

OF JOURNEY / RACE

6.

[ C ] leg (of sth) one part of a journey or race

SYN section , stage

SPORTS GAME

7.

[ C ] ( BrE ) one of a pair of matches played between the same opponents in a sports competition, which together form a single round (= stage) of the competition

IDIOMS

- break a leg!

- get your leg over

- have legs

- not have a leg to stand on

—more at arm noun , fast adverb , last adjective , pull verb , shake verb , stretch verb , tail noun , talk verb

—see also leg-up

■ verb

( -gg- )

IDIOMS

- leg it

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WORD ORIGIN

Middle English (superseding shank ): from Old Norse leggr (compare with Danish læg calf (of the leg)), of Germanic origin.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.