Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Having short legs, like a duck.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Having short legs, like a waddling duck; short-legged.
““Charles Chattey” stood foremost on this black beadroll, and when this name was shouted by the stentorian lungs of one of the scourgers, a little duck-legged Londoner stood forth.”
“We didn't know you were aboard," said Mrs. Waterbury, a silly, duck-legged woman looking proudly uncomfortable in her bead-trimmed black silk.”
“Clarsie rose precipitately, raised the basket, and out flew the "duck-legged Dominicky," with a frantic flutter and hysterical cackling.”
“Good luck go with you for a-- conceited, bragging, empty-headed, duck-legged idiot. ”
“Never did two valiant train-band captains, or two buskined theatric heroes, in the renowned tragedies of Pizarro, Tom Thumb, or any other heroical and fighting tragedy, marshal their gallows-looking, duck-legged, heavy-heeled myrmidons with more glory and self-admiration.”
“Another had a cocked hat stuck on the back of his head, and decorated with a bunch of cocks 'tails; a third had a pair of rusty gaiters hanging about his heels; while a fourth, a little duck-legged fellow, was equipped in a pair of the general's cast-off breeches, which he held up with one hand while he grasped his firelock with the other.”
“a humid duck-legged little man, most terribly homesick, most tremendously lonely, most distressingly alien.”
“WIFE: They came to our cabbage patch and they giggled and said, "Oh, see the little duck-legged things!”
“When their conveyance reached the boundary line of Chapel Hill at the hamlet of Couchtown, the hilltop on the Durham road, the elder suddenly leaped from the vehicle and dashed forward with the amazing speed for which duck-legged youths are often famous, shouting, "Hurrah!”
“An 'a duck-legged Dominicky air mighty hard ter break up. ”
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