spraddle
verb (spraddled; spraddling) Etymology: perhaps blend of straddle and sprawl Date: 1632 intransitive verb 1. sprawl 2. to go or walk with a straddling gait ; straddle transitive verb 1. sprawl 2. to spread (the legs) in walking ; straddle

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  • spraddle — [sprad′ l] vt., vi. spraddled, spraddling [blend of SPREAD & STRADDLE] [Informal or Dial.] to spread (the legs) in a sprawling or straddling way …   English World dictionary

  • spraddle — 1. noun A manner of walking with the legs spread out. 2. verb a) To stand, lie, or move, with legs spread. The Jet Man, under the weight of his wing, spraddles out on all fours in a poof of dust and straw. b) To …   Wiktionary

  • spraddle — /sprad l/, v., spraddled, spraddling. v.t. 1. to straddle. v.i. 2. to sprawl. [1625 35; orig. uncert.; cf. Norw dial. spradla squirm, flail] * * * …   Universalium

  • spraddle — verb [usu. as adjective spraddled] W. Indian & N. Amer. spread (one s legs) far apart. Origin C17 (in the sense sprawl ): prob. from sprad, dialect past participle of spread …   English new terms dictionary

  • spraddle — sprad·dle …   English syllables

  • spraddle — [c]/ˈsprædl/ (say spradl) verb (spraddled, spraddling) –verb (t) 1. to straddle. –verb (i) 2. to sprawl. {19th century; origin uncertain; compare Norwegian spradla to thrash about} …   Australian English dictionary

  • spraddle — ˈspradəl verb (spraddled ; spraddled ; spraddling d(ə)liŋ ; spraddles) Etymology: probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Norwegian dialect spradla to thrash about, Old Norse sprathka to kick, thrash about; akin to Old High German spratalōn to… …   Useful english dictionary

  • spraddle-legged — /sprad l leg id, legd /, adj. 1. moving with or having the legs wide apart: a spraddle legged walk. adv. 2. with the legs sprawled, spread apart, etc.: sitting spraddle legged on the chair. * * * …   Universalium

  • spraddle-legged — usu | ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷|legə̇d, Brit usually gd adverb (or adjective) : with the legs wide apart : straddle legged * * * /sprad l leg id, legd /, adj. 1. moving with or having the legs wide apart: a spraddle legged walk. adv. 2. with the legs sprawled,… …   Useful english dictionary

  • spraddle legs — /ˈsprædl lɛgz/ (say spradl legz) noun → perosis …   Australian English dictionary

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