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knee-high Syllabification: knee-high
Pronunciation: /ˈˌnē ˈˌhī/

Definition of knee-high in English:

adjective& adverb

So high as to reach the knees: [as adjective]: knee-high boots [as adverb]: they were wading knee-high in the water
More example sentences
  • She was dressed in a leather jacket, a mini skirt, and knee-high boots.
  • She was wearing a short black skirt, knee-high black boots, and a pink halter top.
  • Melissa wore a grey sleeveless top with a leather collar, knee-high brown boots and a black pleated skirt.


(usually knee-highs) Back to top  
A sock or nylon stocking with an elasticized top that reaches to a person’s knee.
Example sentences
  • Dressing in my normal school uniform of a pleated skirt, white blouse, and black knee-highs, I joined Seth downstairs.
  • But I still was hot so I took off my shoes and my knee-highs.
  • The only knee-highs I had ever worn were fishnets, and they weren't exactly school material.


knee-high to a grasshopper
informal Very small or very young.
Example sentences
  • I haven't been on a bouncy castle since I was knee-high to a grasshopper.
  • ‘They're a band I've loved since I was knee-high to a grasshopper, although I'm not much taller than that now,’ says Braithwaite.
  • I have played since I was knee-high to a grasshopper.
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