Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Having short legs, like a duck.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

Etymologies

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Examples

  • “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

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

    Barnaby Rudge

  • "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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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