General English

  • noun one of the parts of the body with which a person or animal walks
  • noun one of the parts of a chair or table which touch the floor
  • noun a leg of an animal used for food


  • noun part of a flight pattern that is between two stops, positions, or changes in direction


  • noun one possible path through a routine


  • adjective on, towards, or relating to the leg-side
    Citation ‘It may be taken for certain that for every leg ball you see now in first-class matches you saw ten or twenty in former days’ (Badminton 1888)
    Citation ‘One peculiarity of the leg-twisting ball is that when the ground is soft and sticky it is comparatively of no avail’ (Badminton 1888)
    Citation ‘As runs came Larwood packed his leg field; and now had seven men on the leg side’ (Melbourne Argus 3 December 1932)
    Citation ‘He set his innings under way by twice cracking short deliveries from Makhaya Ntini to the leg boundary’ (Peter Roebuck, The Age (Melbourne) 17 December 2005)
    See also legs
  • noun that side of the pitch on which the striker stands to receive the ball, separated from the off-side by an imaginary line passing between the two wickets, bounded at its outside edge by the fine leg, square leg, mid-wicket, and long-on boundaries, and constituting half of the entire playing area. Also called on.
    Citation ‘When Vaughan then attempted to turn the first ball of Warne’s second over to leg out of the rough, the Australians began appealing while the ball was still arcing to slip’ (Haigh 2005)
    See fielding positions
  • noun a leg-side fielding position (or the player occupying it) equivalent to the modern square leg
    Citation ‘The Man that stands to the Leg. He stands the on side, little behind the straight line of the popping crease; if he stands to save the runs, he will stand fifteen yards or more from the stumps’ (Boxall 1800)


  • A path within a circuit or network. Also called arm (3), or branch (2).


  • noun a part of the body with which a person or animal walks and stands


  • noun a lower limb of the human body


  • noun a column that is shorter than other columns


  • noun one of the parts of a relay race that a single athlete completes
  • noun one of several stages, events or games that is part of a larger competition but is treated independently of the other parts and has its own winner
  • noun either of two games in a competition played between two football teams, one game being played at home, the other away.
  • noun the part of a cricket field that lies on the left of and behind a right-handed batsman as he or she stands in position to hit the ball


  • see flat.


Origin & History of “leg”

Shank was the word used in Old English for ‘leg’. Not until the late 13th was leg acquired, from Old Norse leggr. It goes back to a prehistoric Germanic *lagjaz, which may ultimately come from a source that meant ‘bend’. No other Germanic language any longer uses it for ‘leg’, but Swedish and Danish retain lägg and læg respectively for ‘calf’.