A female reporter who travels extensively to collect information for news stories, or to carry out other time-consuming or laborious tasks. Compare "legman", "legwork".
2A woman employed to perform various (generally menial or unskilled) tasks, typically involving moving from place to place or providing the material enabling someone else to complete a particular task. Compare "legman", "legwork".
1940s; earliest use found in Paris (Texas) News. From leg + woman, after legman, legwork.