[ flangk ]
/ flæŋk /


verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to occupy a position at the flank or side.
to present the flank or side.


Nearby words

  1. flaneur,
  2. flange,
  3. flange coupling,
  4. flanged rail,
  5. flangeway,
  6. flank position,
  7. flank speed,
  8. flanken,
  9. flanker,
  10. flannel

Origin of flank

before 1100; Middle English; late Old English flanc < Old French < Frankish; compare Old High German hlanca loin

Related formsun·flank, verb (used with object)well-flanked, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for flank


/ (flæŋk) /



Word Origin for flank

C12: from Old French flanc, of Germanic origin

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Word Origin and History for flank



late Old English flanc "fleshy part of the side," from Old French flanc, probably from Frankish *hlanca (cf. Old High German (h)lanca, Middle High German lanke "hip joint," German lenken "to bend, turn, lead"), from PIE root *kleng- "to bend, turn" (see link (n.)). The military sense is first attested 1540s, as is the verb. Related: Flanked; flanking.

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Medicine definitions for flank


[ flăngk ]


The side of the body between the pelvis or hip and the last rib; the side.
The section of flesh in that area.

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