- the bend or joint of the human arm between upper arm and forearm.
- the corresponding joint in the forelimb of a quadruped.
- something bent like an elbow, as a sharp turn in a road or river, or a piece of pipe bent at an angle.
- Architecture. crossette.
- Also called ell, el. a plumbing pipe or pipe connection having a right-angled bend.
- to push with or as if with the elbow; jostle.
- to make (one's way) by so pushing.
- to elbow one's way: He elbowed through the crowd.
- at one's elbow, within easy reach; nearby: A virtue of the cottage is that the ocean is at your elbow.
- bend/lift/crook an elbow, Informal. to drink alcoholic beverages.
- give the elbow, shove aside, get rid of, or reject.
- out at the elbows,
- poorly dressed; shabby.
- rub elbows with, to mingle socially with; associate with: a resort where royalty rubs elbows with the merely rich.
- up to one's elbows, very busy; engrossed: I am up to my elbows in answering mail.Also up to the elbows.
Origin of elbow
Related Words for elbowjoint, knock, nudge, shove, bump, hook, bulldoze, hustle, fork, angle, crook, curve, bow, hinge, turn, bend, corner, crutch, shoulder, press
Examples from the Web for elbow
Contemporary Examples of elbow
I shut my eyes yet felt aware of the garden at my elbow, the blooms opening as if in time-lapse, the stalks lengthening.Denis Johnson’s Beautiful Apocalypse
November 13, 2014
What the state really needs is to figure out how to elbow its way into the tech economy.The State Where the Right Won the Culture War
October 10, 2014
He changed sliders three times until he found one that didn't hurt his elbow.
We never tell him, 'Great screwball,' though, because then his elbow would hurt.
Once, seeing Palmer reading Dr. Zhivago, teammate Steve Stone said, "It must be about an elbow specialist."
Historical Examples of elbow
He found Austin sitting on the chair by his desk, resting his chin on his elbow.Viviette
William J. Locke
Not until there was a convulsive jerk of Dozier's elbow did he stir his folded arms.Way of the Lawless
The medicine-tray lay at Carlotta's elbow; beside it the box of labels.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
Then aloud he repeated the question, touching the bookmaker on the elbow.
Soon the Chestnut's head showed past his elbow, and they were both lapped on the Black.
- the joint between the upper arm and the forearm, formed by the junction of the radius and ulna with the humerus
- the corresponding joint or bone of birds or mammals
- the part of a garment that covers the elbow
- something resembling an elbow, such as a sharp bend in a road or river
- at one's elbow within easy reach
- out at elbow or out at elbows ragged or impoverished
- up to the elbows with or up to the elbows in busily occupied with; deeply immersed in
- (tr) to reject; dismiss. Also: give the elbow
- to make (one's way) by shoving, jostling, etc
- (tr) to knock or shove with or as if with the elbow
Word Origin for elbow
c.1200, elbowe, from Old English elnboga, from ell "length of the forearm" + boga "bow, arch," from West Germanic *alinobogan, from Proto-Germanic *elino-bugon, literally "bend of the forearm" (cf. Middle Dutch ellenboghe, Dutch elleboog, Old High German elinbogo, German Ellenbogen, Old Norse ölnbogi).
Second element related to Old English bugan "to bend" (see bow (v.)); first element from *alina "arm," from PIE *el- (1) "elbow, forearm" (see ell (n.1)). Phrase elbow grease "hard rubbing" is attested from 1670s, from jocular sense of "the best substance for polishing furniture." Elbow room attested from mid-16c.
"thrust with the elbow," c.1600, from elbow (n.). Figurative sense is from 1863. Related: Elbowed; elbowing.
- The joint or bend of the arm between the forearm and the upper arm.cubitus
- The bony outer projection of this joint.
- Something having a bend or an angle similar to an elbow.
In addition to the idioms beginning with elbow
- elbow grease
- elbow room
- at someone's elbow
- crook one's elbow
- out at the elbows
- rub elbows with