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shank

[ shangk ]
/ ʃæŋk /
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Definition of shank

noun
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Chiefly Scot. to travel on foot.Compare shanks' mare.
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Origin of shank

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

OTHER WORDS FROM shank

un·shanked, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for shank

shank
/ (ʃæŋk) /

noun
verb
(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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Medical definitions for shank

shank
[ shăngk ]

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