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Describing and relating to limbs and appendages

ambidextrous

adjective

able to use your right hand and your left hand with equal skill

asleep

adjective

if your foot, hand etc is asleep, it is numb (=you can’t feel it)

bandy

adjective

bandy legs are curved, so that the knees do not touch. Someone with legs like this is bandy-legged.

bow-legged

adjective

with legs that curve out sideways at the knees

digital

adjective

relating to your fingers or toes

flat-footed

adjective

having a medical condition in which the whole of the bottom of the foot touches the ground. Feet that do this are called flat feet.

fracture

noun

a break or crack in a bone

fused

adjective

fused bones, fingers, or toes are joined together when they should be separate

ingrowing

adjective

an ingrowing toenail on your toe grows inwards and is very painful

knock-kneed

adjective

with legs that bend toward each other at the knee

left-handed

adjective

someone who is left-handed is born with a natural tendency to use their left hand to do things, especially things such as writing

left-handed

adjective

done with your left hand

left-hander

noun

someone who is left-handed

-legged

suffix

used with some adjectives and with numbers for describing someone or something with legs of a particular kind or with a particular number of legs

legless

adjective

without legs

-limbed

suffix

used with some adjectives to make adjectives describing someone’s arms or legs

manicured

adjective

manicured hands or nails are carefully looked after

manual

adjective

involving the use of your hands

pigeon-toed

adjective

walking or standing with your feet pointing inwards, or having feet that usually do this

right-handed

adjective

naturally tending to use your right hand rather than your left to do things such as writing

right-hander

noun

someone who naturally tends to use their right hand rather than their left to do things such as writing

tarsal

adjective

relating to the tarsus

wasted

adjective

a wasted arm, leg, or other part of someone’s body looks extremely thin and weak, especially because they are ill

withered

adjective

a withered arm or leg is thin and weak because of illness or disease

club-footed

adjective

left-handed

adverb

left-handedness

noun

right-handed

adverb

sandwich generation

a generation … who are balancing working life with caring for both their teenage children and elderly parents

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to gossip or share personal information with someone …

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