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[duhb-uh l-join-tid]
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  1. (of particular people or animals) having unusually flexible joints that can bend in unusual ways or to abnormally great extent.
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Origin of double-jointed

First recorded in 1825–35
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Historical Examples

  • So away he went, as fast as he could, taking his double-jointed tail with him.

    Jacko and Jumpo Kinkytail

    Howard R. Garis

  • "And you can't get away from us," said the other chap—the double-jointed tail one.

  • A double-jointed word slipped between his teeth, which sounded like "Hang that boy!"

  • "Yes, I must eat you," said the unpleasant creature with the double-jointed tail.

  • A tall, double-jointed farm-hand came blustering into the room, his face covered with a yarn comforter.

    Shawn of Skarrow

    James Tandy Ellis

British Dictionary definitions for double-jointed


  1. having unusually flexible joints permitting an abnormal degree of motion of the parts
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double-jointed in Medicine


  1. Having unusually flexible joints, especially of the limbs or fingers.
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