- (in humans) the joint between the foot and the leg, in which movement occurs in two planes.
- the corresponding joint in a quadruped or bird; hock.
- the slender part of the leg above the foot.
Origin of ankle
Examples from the Web for ankle
It paralleled a much happier time when he carried her around after she twisted her ankle, back in Season 4.Exit Interview: The Walking Dead's Beth Tells All
December 1, 2014
My ankle—I never got to fix it, because I still had to walk on it in heels.Eliza Coupe Finds Her ‘Happy Ending’ With ‘Benched’
October 28, 2014
Models are always a few faltering footsteps away from breaking an ankle (or worse).Up, Up, Up: The Hottest High Heels in History
September 11, 2014
Men in dark suits and long side curls, women in wigs and ankle length skirts.My Post-Ultra-Orthodox Wedding
March 21, 2014
She belted “Try” while flipping on a scarf that suspended her upside down by just her ankle over Ozzy Osbourne.Beyonce Gave the Best Grammy Awards Performance (And 8 More That Were Pretty Good, Too)
January 27, 2014
In moving I had trodden on or touched the serpent with my foot, and it had bitten me just above the ankle.Green Mansions
W. H. Hudson
The ankle was small and curved like an axe handle and looked as tough.The Underdog
F. Hopkinson Smith
It nearly turned my ankle as I jumped on to it, but I hardly felt the pain.It Happened in Egypt
C. N. Williamson
He entered and scuffled up the walk, ankle deep in fallen leaves.The Fortune Hunter
Louis Joseph Vance
He bent again, and hid the glow of his pipe against his ankle.Good Indian
B. M. Bower
- the joint connecting the leg and the footSee talus 1
- the part of the leg just above the foot
Word Origin and History for ankle
Old English ancleow "ankle," from PIE root *ang-/*ank- "to bend" (see angle (n.)). The modern form seems to have been influenced by Old Norse ökkla or Old Frisian ankel, which are immediately from the Proto-Germanic form of the root (cf. Middle High German anke "joint," German Enke "ankle"); the second element in the Old English, Old Norse and Old Frisian forms perhaps suggests claw (cf. Dutch anklaauw), or it may be from influence of cneow "knee," or it may be diminutive suffix -el. Middle English writers distinguished inner ankle projection (hel of the ancle) from the outer (utter or utward).
- The joint between the leg and foot in which the tibia and fibula articulate with the talus.
- The region of the ankle joint.
- The anklebone.