leg

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See also: lég, lèg, -leg, leg-, leg., lęg, and łęg

English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English leg, legge, from Old Norse leggr (leg, calf, bone of the arm or leg, hollow tube, stalk), from Proto-Germanic *lagjaz, *lagwijaz (leg, thigh), from Proto-Indo-European *(ǝ)lak-, *lēk- (leg; the main muscle of the arm or leg).

Cognate with Scots leg (leg), Icelandic leggur (leg, limb), Norwegian Bokmål legg (leg), Norwegian Nynorsk legg (leg), Swedish Swedish lägg (leg, shank, shaft), Danish læg (leg), Lombardic lagi (thigh, shank, leg), Latin lacertus (limb, arm), Persian لنگ(leng). Upon borrowing, mostly displaced the native Old English term sċanca (Modern English shank).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK, US) IPA(key): /lɛɡ/
  • (some US dialects) IPA(key): /leɪɡ/[1]
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  • Rhymes: -ɛɡ

Noun[edit]

leg (plural legs)

  1. A limb or appendage that an animal uses for support or locomotion.
    Insects have six legs.
  2. In humans, the lower limb extending from the groin to the ankle.
    Dan won't be able to come to the party, since he broke his leg last week and is now on crutches.
  3. (anatomy) The portion of the lower limb of a human that extends from the knee to the ankle.
  4. A part of garment, such as a pair of trousers/pants, that covers a leg.
    The left leg of these jeans has a tear.
  5. A rod-like protrusion from an inanimate object, supporting it from underneath.
    the legs of a chair or table
  6. (figuratively) Something that supports.
    This observation is an important leg of my argument.
  7. A stage of a journey, race etc.
    After six days, we're finally in the last leg of our cross-country trip.
  8. (nautical) A distance that a sailing vessel does without changing the sails from one side to the other.
  9. (nautical) One side of a multiple-sided (often triangular) course in a sailing race.
  10. (sports) A single game or match played in a tournament or other sporting contest.
    • 2011 November 11, Rory Houston, “Estonia 0-4 Republic of Ireland”, in RTE Sport[1]:
      A stunning performance from the Republic of Ireland all but sealed progress to Euro 2012 as they crushed nine-man Estonia 4-0 in the first leg of the qualifying play-off tie in A Le Coq Arena in Tallinn.
  11. (geometry) One of the two sides of a right triangle that is not the hypotenuse.
  12. (geometry) One of the branches of a hyperbola or other curve which extend outward indefinitely.
  13. (usually used in plural) The ability of something to persist or succeed over a long period of time.
    This proposal has no legs. Almost everyone opposes it.
  14. (Britain, slang, archaic) A disreputable sporting character; a blackleg.
  15. An extension of a steam boiler downward, in the form of a narrow space between vertical plates, sometimes nearly surrounding the furnace and ash pit, and serving to support the boiler; called also water leg.
  16. In a grain elevator, the case containing the lower part of the belt which carries the buckets.
  17. (cricket, attributive) Denotes the half of the field on the same side as the batsman's legs; the left side for a right-handed batsman.
    Synonym: on; Antonym: off
    Ponsonby-Smythe hit a thumping drive through the leg fielders.
  18. (telephony) A branch or lateral circuit connecting an instrument with the main line.
  19. (electrical) A branch circuit; one phase of a polyphase system.
  20. (finance) An underlying instrument of a derivatives strategy.
  21. (US, slang, military) An army soldier assigned to a paratrooper unit who has not yet been qualified as a paratrooper.
  22. (archaic) A gesture of submission; a bow or curtsey. Chiefly in phrase make a leg.
    • 1748, Samuel Richardson, Clarissa, Letter 74:
      Hickman came in, making his legs, and stroking his cravat and ruffles.
Alternative forms[edit]
Synonyms[edit]
Derived terms[edit]
Translations[edit]

See leg/translations § Noun.

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Verb[edit]

leg (third-person singular simple present legs, present participle legging, simple past and past participle legged)

  1. To remove the legs from an animal carcass.
  2. To build legs onto a platform or stage for support.
  3. To put a series of three or more options strikes into the stock market.
  4. To apply force using the leg (as in 'to leg a horse').
Derived terms[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ leg”, in Merriam–Webster Online Dictionary, (Please provide a date or year).

Etymology 2[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

leg (plural not attested)

  1. Abbreviation of legislature.
    One argument made a lot in the leg was that the bill would simplify voting.
  2. Abbreviation of legend.
    You're such a leg, mate!

Adjective[edit]

leg (not comparable)

  1. Abbreviation of legislative.
    The party wants to tackle social issues in the next leg term.

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Aromanian[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin ligō. Compare Romanian lega, leg.

Verb[edit]

leg (second-person singular present indicative ledz, third-person singular present indicative leadzi or leadze, second-person plural present indicative ligats, past participle ligatã)

  1. I tie, bind.

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Danish[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Old Norse leikr, from Proto-Germanic *laikaz.

Noun[edit]

leg c (singular definite legen, plural indefinite lege)

  1. play, game
  2. (zoology) spawning (fish)
Inflection[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

See the etymology of the main entry.

Verb[edit]

leg

  1. imperative of lege

Dupaningan Agta[edit]

Noun[edit]

leg

  1. neck; throat

Dutch[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

leg

  1. first-person singular present indicative of leggen
  2. imperative of leggen

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German[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

leg

  1. (colloquial) first-person singular present of legen
  2. singular imperative of legen
  3. (colloquial) first-person singular subjunctive I of legen
  4. (colloquial) third-person singular subjunctive I of legen

Hungarian[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Back-formation from leg- (prefix forming superlative adjectives).

Noun[edit]

leg (plural legek)

  1. (chiefly in the plural, informal) best, most (record-setting achievement, property or amount)
    a labdarúgás legjeithe best [achievements] of football
    a legek legje (singular)the best of the best
Declension[edit]
Inflection (stem in -e-, front unrounded harmony)
singular plural
nominative leg legek
accusative leget legeket
dative legnek legeknek
instrumental leggel legekkel
causal-final legért legekért
translative leggé legekké
terminative legig legekig
essive-formal legként legekként
essive-modal
inessive legben legekben
superessive legen legeken
adessive legnél legeknél
illative legbe legekbe
sublative legre legekre
allative leghez legekhez
elative legből legekből
delative legről legekről
ablative legtől legektől
non-attributive
possessive - singular
legé legeké
non-attributive
possessive - plural
legéi legekéi
Possessive forms of leg
possessor single possession multiple possessions
1st person sing. legem legjeim
2nd person sing. leged legjeid
3rd person sing. legje legjei
1st person plural legünk legjeink
2nd person plural legetek legjeitek
3rd person plural legjük legjeik

Etymology 2[edit]

From English leg (single game or match played in a tournament).

Noun[edit]

leg (plural legek)

  1. (darts) leg (single game played in darts)
Declension[edit]
Inflection (stem in -e-, front unrounded harmony)
singular plural
nominative leg legek
accusative leget legeket
dative legnek legeknek
instrumental leggel legekkel
causal-final legért legekért
translative leggé legekké
terminative legig legekig
essive-formal legként legekként
essive-modal
inessive legben legekben
superessive legen legeken
adessive legnél legeknél
illative legbe legekbe
sublative legre legekre
allative leghez legekhez
elative legből legekből
delative legről legekről
ablative legtől legektől
non-attributive
possessive - singular
legé legeké
non-attributive
possessive - plural
legéi legekéi
Possessive forms of leg
possessor single possession multiple possessions
1st person sing. legem legjeim
2nd person sing. leged legjeid
3rd person sing. legje legjei
1st person plural legünk legjeink
2nd person plural legetek legjeitek
3rd person plural legjük legjeik

Icelandic[edit]

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Noun[edit]

leg n (genitive singular legs, nominative plural leg)

  1. uterus

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Middle English[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Norse leggr, from Proto-Germanic *lagjaz.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

leg (plural legges)

  1. leg, limb
  2. shank, shin
  3. leg (cut of meat)
  4. leg armour
  5. The stem of a wine glass

Descendants[edit]

  • English: leg
  • Scots: leg

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Norwegian Bokmål[edit]

Verb[edit]

leg

  1. imperative of lege

Old Norse[edit]

Noun[edit]

leg n

  1. burial place

Declension[edit]

Derived terms[edit]

References[edit]

  • leg in Geir T. Zoëga (1910) A Concise Dictionary of Old Icelandic, Oxford: Clarendon Press

Polish[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

leg

  1. genitive plural of lega

Romanian[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

leg

  1. first-person singular present indicative of lega
  2. first-person singular present subjunctive of lega

Swedish[edit]

Adjective[edit]

leg

  1. certified, authorized; indicating an authorized medical doctor, not a quack. Abbreviation of legitimerad.

Noun[edit]

leg n

  1. (slang) ID card showing the owner's age; abbreviation of legitimation.
    Jag fick visa leg på systemet.
    I had to show my ID card at Systembolaget.

Declension[edit]

Declension of leg 
Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative leg legget leg leggen
Genitive legs leggets legs leggens

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Torres Strait Creole[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English leg.

Noun[edit]

leg

  1. lower leg, foot

Synonyms[edit]

  • ngar (western dialect)

Westrobothnian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Norse leg.

Noun[edit]

leg n (definite leje, dative lejen)

  1. afterbirth from calving
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