the least thing knock-kneed

imchongjun

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While reading a Victorian penny dreadful, I came across the expression "the least thing knock-kneed", and I wonder what it means.


He wore a tight blue military frock coat buttoned up to the throat; ample black kerseymere trousers, which did not, however, conceal the fact that he was the least thing knock-kneed, and a hat with tolerably broad brims. (The Mysteries of London by G.W.M. Reynolds)


Does it ["he was the least thing knock-kneed"] mean "he was knock-kneed" or "he was not knock-kneed, on the contrary he was bowlegged"? I appreciate any comments. Thank you.
 

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He was somewhat knock-kneed, and the trousers did nothing to hide the fact despite their being voluminous.
 
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