from The Century Dictionary.

  • Same as spindle-legs.

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

  • noun A person with slender shanks, or legs; -- used humorously or in contempt.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun archaic, derogatory A thin, lanky person with long legs.

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

  • noun a thin person with long thin legs
  • noun long thin legs


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spindle +‎ shanks


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  • Eleven years of age, she had at last begun to grow in earnest: her legs were as of old mere spindleshanks, but nearly twice as long; and her fat little body, perched above them, made one think of a shrivelled-up old man who has run all to paunch.

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  • The oarsman will become "stale" unless the method of exercise is varied; the gymnast will develop the upper part of his body, while his lower extremities will remain spindleshanks.

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  • "Odds fudge -- you have spindleshanks!" cried Madcap Moll irrelevantly.

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  • Uncle Fliakim Sheril, furbished up in a new crisp black suit, and with his spindleshanks trimly incased in the smoothest of black silk stockings, looking for all the world just like an alert and spirited black cricket, outdid himself on this occasion in singing _counter_, in that high, weird voice that he must have learned from the wintry winds that usually piped around the corners of the old house.

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  • I sallied forth to see the cause of the uproar, and found our host engaged in single combat with a drawn sword -- stick that sparkled blue and bright in the moonbeam, his antagonist being a strong porker that he had taken for a town guard, and had hemmed into a corner formed by the stair and the garden wall, which, on being pressed, made a dash between his spindleshanks, and fairly capsized him into my arms.

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