from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having short legs, like a waddling duck; short-legged.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having short legs, like a duck.


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  • “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.

    Ralph Rashleigh

  • "We didn't know you were aboard," said Mrs. Waterbury, a silly, duck-legged woman looking proudly uncomfortable in her bead-trimmed black silk.

    Susan Lenox: Her Fall and Rise, Volume I

  • Clarsie rose precipitately, raised the basket, and out flew the "duck-legged Dominicky," with a frantic flutter and hysterical cackling.

    In the Tennessee mountains,

  • Good luck go with you for a-- conceited, bragging, empty-headed, duck-legged idiot. '

    Barnaby Rudge: a tale of the Riots of 'eighty

  • 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.

    Knickerbocker's History of New York, Complete

  • 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.

    Knickerbocker's History of New York, Complete

  • a humid duck-legged little man, most terribly homesick, most tremendously lonely, most distressingly alien.

    From Place to Place

  • WIFE: They came to our cabbage patch and they giggled and said, "Oh, see the little duck-legged things!

    The Child's World Third Reader

  • 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!

    History of the University of North Carolina. Volume II: From 1868 to 1912

  • An 'a duck-legged Dominicky air mighty hard ter break up. "

    In the Tennessee mountains,


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