being at or rising to the level of the waist.

Origin of waist-deep

First recorded in 1755–65
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Examples from the Web for waist-deep

Historical Examples of waist-deep

  • In crossing these we went knee-deep, and once waist-deep, into it.

    Left on Labrador

    Charles Asbury Stephens

  • Inch by inch the men haul in, waist-deep most of the time and often completely under.

    All Afloat

    William Wood

  • Hilda at once rushed in waist-deep and caught him by the collar.

    Erling the Bold

    R.M. Ballantyne

  • Despite all that had been done, the hall might be described as waist-deep in letters!

    Post Haste

    R.M. Ballantyne

  • But Margery held on, moving swiftly through the waist-deep corn.

    Prisoners of Hope

    Mary Johnston