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  1. the carpus or lower part of the forearm where it joins the hand.
  2. the joint or articulation between the forearm and the hand.
  3. the part of an article of clothing that fits around the wrist.
  4. Machinery. wrist pin.
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Origin of wrist

before 950; Middle English, Old English; cognate with German Rist back of hand, Old Norse rist instep; akin to writhe
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  • She had begun to pull away in alarm when he seized her wrist.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • He rose with the blow; all his energy, from wrist to instep, was in that lifting drive.

  • She swayed a little, so that the officer tightened his clasp on her wrist.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • So vigorous was her movement that Cassidy's clasp was thrown off the wrist.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • In a little time your wrist will be stronger and your cut more shrewd.

    The White Company

    Arthur Conan Doyle

British Dictionary definitions for wrist


  1. anatomy the joint between the forearm and the handTechnical name: carpus
  2. the part of a sleeve or glove that covers the wrist
  3. machinery
    1. See wrist pin
    2. a joint in which a wrist pin forms the pivot
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Word Origin

Old English; related to Old High German, Old Norse rist. See wriggle, wry
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for wrist


Old English wrist, from Proto-Germanic *wristiz (cf. Old Norse rist "instep," Old Frisian wrist, Middle Dutch wrist, German Rist "back of the hand, instep"), from Proto-Germanic *wrig-, *wreik- "to turn" (see wry). The notion is "the turning joint."

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

wrist in Medicine


  1. The joint between the hand and the forearm.
  2. carpus

Idioms and Phrases with wrist