out of joint,
    1. dislocated, as a bone.
    2. in an unfavorable state; inauspicious: The time is out of joint.
    3. out of keeping; inappropriate: Such behavior seems wholly out of joint with their fine upbringing.

Origin of joint

1250–1300; 1900–05 for def 6; Middle English < Old French joint, jointe < Latin junctum, juncta, neuter and feminine of junctus (past participle of jungere “to join”), equivalent to jung- join + -tus past participle suffix
Related formssub·joint, noun

Synonyms for joint Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for joint



a junction of two or more parts or objects
the part or space between two such junctions
anatomy the junction between two or more bones, usually formed of connective tissue and cartilage
the point of connection between movable parts in invertebrates, esp insects and other arthropodsRelated adjective: articular
the part of a plant stem from which a branch or leaf grows
one of the parts into which a carcass of meat is cut by the butcher, esp for roasting
geology a crack in a rock along which no displacement has occurred
  1. a disreputable establishment, such as a bar or nightclub
  2. often facetiousa dwelling or meeting place
slang a cannabis cigarette
out of joint
  1. dislocated
  2. out of order or disorganized
put someone's nose out of joint See nose (def. 18)


shared by or belonging to two or morejoint property
created by combined effort
sharing with others or with one anotherjoint rulers
law (of persons) combined in ownership or obligation; regarded as a single entity in law

verb (tr)

to provide with or fasten by a joint or joints
to plane the edge of (a board, etc) into the correct shape for a joint
to cut or divide (meat, fowl, etc) into joints or at a joint
Derived Formsjointly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for joint

late 13c., "a part of a body where two bones meet and move in contact with one another," from Old French joint "joint of the body" (12c.), from Latin iunctus "united, connected, associated," past participle of iungere "join" (see jugular). Related: Joints. Slang meaning of "place, building, establishment" (especially one where persons meet for shady activities) first recorded 1877, American English, from an earlier Anglo-Irish sense (1821), perhaps on the notion of a side-room, one "joined" to a main room. The original U.S. sense was especially of "an opium-smoking den."

Meaning "marijuana cigarette" (1938) is perhaps from notion of something often smoked in common, but there are other possibilities; earlier joint in drug slang meant "hypodermic outfit" (1935). Meaning "prison" is attested from 1953 but probably is older. Out of joint in the figurative sense is from early 15c. (literally, of bone displacement, late 14c.).


early 15c., "united," from Old French jointiz (adj.) and joint, literally "joined," past participle of joindre (see join (v.)).

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Medicine definitions for joint




A point of articulation between two or more bones, especially such a connection that allows motion.
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Science definitions for joint



Anatomy A usually movable body part in which adjacent bones are joined by ligaments and other fibrous tissues. See also ball-and-socket joint hinge joint.
Zoology A point in the exoskeleton of an invertebrate at which movable parts join, as along the leg of an arthropod.
Botany A point on a plant stem from which a leaf or branch grows.
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Idioms and Phrases with joint


see nose out of joint; out of joint.

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