spindle-shanked love



from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having long, slender legs.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Same as spindle-legged.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. having long slender legs


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  • Michael himself might be afraid of forgetting his lines, but when he bestrode the stage as grinning, spindle-shanked Death, the Grim Reaper, the audience was always afraid of Michael.

    Wicked Will

  • Old spindle-shanked Edgar sits next to her and feels the aura of the streets and thinks herself back into another century.


  • Just in front of a brick building called the Town House, which sits in the very middle of King Street, I found a spindle-shanked boy, no more than ten, peddling salted cod wrapped in old newspaper.


  • Dowager went off in her jingling old coach, attended by two faithful and withered old maids of honour, and a little snuffy spindle-shanked gentleman in waiting, in a brown jasey and a green coat covered with orders — of which the star and the grand yellow cordon of the order of St. Michael of Pumpernickel were most conspicuous.

    Vanity Fair

  • "Heard you got tossed out of camp again, Hamlin," Roscoe Knapp said to a tall, pale-faced, spindle-shanked fellow.

    Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine

  • Now Wyrzbowski could see the muckamuck, resplendent in the egg-sack slime of its body suit, wielding its red fearmonger while flunkies covered its spindle-shanked ass.

    Asimov's Science Fiction

  • It was a fair lesson of humility for a man to find himself ranked beneath this high-shouldered, spindle-shanked, beardless bit of neutrality; and as such I took it duly to heart.

    Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah

  • The bridegroom sat beside her — rather a withered spindle-shanked little man, but this only proved him to be of the true-blue blood, a legitimate

    The Alhambra

  • "Thanks, ye spindle-shanked maniac," answered Arcie with a cheerful grin.

    Villains by Necessity

  • He was lanky and spindle-shanked, with a straggling yellow beard; once I caught him staring at me, and it stirred some memory I could not place; but it was clear he would stare at anything rather than work, and I thought no more of it.

    The Mask of Apollo


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