from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Having bowlegs.

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  • adj. Alternative spelling of bow-legged.

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  • adj. have legs that curve outward at the knees


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  • Schweitzer hiked their shorts SO far up their behinds that these guys are walkin 'bowlegged!

    GOP beating

  • They've been described as bowlegged fellers who worked from the hurricane deck of a cow pony and hated any other kind of work.

    Ohmynews International

  • They had a big old English bulldog with them big wide shoulders in front, you know, and kind of bowlegged, and that big wide head with that mouth, little narrow hips on the back.

    Oral History Interview with Geddes Elam Dodson, May 26, 1980. Interview H-0240. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007)

  • He was, I noticed for the first time, bowlegged, like a rider.


  • In his introduction to this collection, a former Rolling Stone editor Paul Scanlon writes about how the young Thompson used to enter their San-Francisco-based office "with a bowlegged quickstep, making the zigzagging seriocomic, dramatic entrance," then plop down his leather rucksack while wordlessly removing the contents, which "usually included something edible, like a grapefruit, a carton of Dunhills, a large police flashlight, a bottle of Wild Turkey and a can of liquid Mace."

    Buy the Ticket, Take the Ride

  • He didn't limp toward one leg and I realized he was bowlegged, and could see how I'd made the mistake on the dark gravel road.

    Quarters, Pasos, Arabians

  • It's still tough to admit that I'm self-published, despite the fact that the publishing world is now a Wild West of rogue indie presses and bowlegged cocky ebook publishers firing their Twitterfeeds in every direction.

    Holly Robinson: Did I Just Hammer a Nail Into My Bookstore's Coffin?

  • They have their own walk as well, a little bowlegged and stooped, as if their backs hurt.

    Miles to Go

  • Other targets include Israel, Ayn Rand, America's treatment of the Arabs positively Nazi-like, apparently and the "dunce" George W. Bush, a "smirking, bowlegged . . . frat-boy" who reduces the usually inventive Mr. Theroux to cliché.

    Stranger In a Strange Land

  • You the bowlegged woman and I'm a knock-kneed man.

    At Pepper's Hideout, A South Side Party To Remember


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