Definition of leggy in English:

leggy

Syllabification: leg·gy
Pronunciation: /ˈlegē
 
/

adjective (leggier, leggiest)

  • 1(Of a woman) having attractively long legs: a leggy redhead
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    • Julian contemplated a moment before throwing a new taunt back at the leggy woman.
    • There is a leggy black woman with bleached blonde curls at the bar smiling winningly at everyone.
    • Detective Nolan was a leggy woman in her early thirties, with a broad face.
  • 1.1Long-legged: a leggy type of collie
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    • She was also holding the reins of a tall leggy coal black Thoroughbred named Helios.
    • Tall, leggy herons and the white snowy egrets wait patiently along the tidal creeks for small fish to swim by.
    • The town is a favorite nesting-place for the leggy birds, who take up residence here on the old Roman aqueduct, disused minarets and any other safe perch, in the Summers.
  • 2(Of a plant) having an excessively long and straggly stem: tulips may grow tall and leggy
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    • Pinching leggy plants promotes stronger stems and better flowers.
    • Keep plants looking lush and full by pruning leggy stems back to buds or branches and removing off-colored and damaged foliage.
    • These have grown into leggy shrubs, but not yet mature trees.

Derivatives

legginess

noun
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  • Make sure the ficus receives good light; inadequate light promotes legginess.
  • In the process, he has increased the flowering capacity of the plant, reduced its legginess, and introduced new colors.
  • Cut plants back by 1/3 after blooming to prevent legginess and sprawling growth.

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