Definition of spindle-shanks in English:

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spindle-shanks

plural noun

informal, dated
1Long thin legs.
1.1 [treated as singular] A person with long thin legs.
Example sentences
  • The latter role is danced by Alain Honorez, a spindle-shanks of towering talents and demonic energy, who almost (but not quite) upstaged the leads with his dazzling display of movement.

Derivatives

spindle-shanked

adjective
Example sentences
  • The figure of Horatio Nelson, slender, one-armed, eccentric, spindle-shanked and awkward, bestrides our naval history.
  • A spindle-shanked figure came into view, bent against the wind.
  • He suffered from poor digestion, and is said to have been spindle-shanked.

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