[ fawr-shangk, fohr- ]
/ ˈfɔrˌʃæŋk, ˈfoʊr- /


Origin of foreshank

First recorded in 1920–25; fore- + shank

Definition for foreshank (2 of 2)


[ shangk ]
/ ʃæŋk /


verb (used with object)

Golf. to hit (a golf ball) with the base of the shaft of a club just above the club head, causing the ball to go off sharply to the right.

verb (used without object)

Chiefly Scot. to travel on foot.Compare shanks' mare.

Origin of shank

before 900; Middle English (noun); Old English sc(e)anca; cognate with Low German schanke leg, thigh; akin to German Schenkel thigh, Schinken ham

Related forms

un·shanked, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for foreshank (1 of 2)


/ (ˈfɔːˌʃæŋk) /


the top of the front leg of an animal
a cut of meat from this part

British Dictionary definitions for foreshank (2 of 2)


/ (ʃæŋk) /



(intr) (of fruits, roots, etc) to show disease symptoms, esp discoloration
(tr) golf to mishit (the ball) with the foot of the shaft rather than the face of the club

Word Origin for shank

Old English scanca; related to Old Frisian schanke, Middle Low German schenke, Danish, Swedish skank leg
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Medicine definitions for foreshank


[ shăngk ]


The part of the human leg between the knee and ankle.
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