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noun el·bow \ˈel-ˌbō\

Simple Definition of elbow

  • : the joint where your arm bends

  • : the part of a piece of clothing that covers the elbow

  • : something (such as a pipe or a piece of food) that is bent like an elbow

Full Definition of elbow

  1. 1 a :  the joint of the human arm b :  a corresponding joint in the anterior limb of a lower vertebrate

  2. 2 :  something (as macaroni or an angular pipe fitting) resembling an elbow

at one's elbow
  1. :  at one's side

out at elbows or out at the elbows
  1. 1 :  shabbily dressed

  2. 2 :  short of funds

Examples of elbow

  1. He wore a tattered coat with holes in the elbows.

Origin of elbow

Middle English elbowe, from Old English elboga, from el- (akin to eln ell) + Old English boga bow — more at ell, bow

First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with elbow

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verb el·bow

Simple Definition of elbow

  • : to push or shove (someone) with your elbow

Full Definition of elbow

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to push with the elbow :  jostle b :  to shove aside by pushing with or as if with the elbow <people elbowed each other to get a better view>

  3. 2 :  to force (as one's way) by pushing with or as if with the elbow <elbowing our way through the crowd>

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1 :  to advance by pushing with the elbow

  6. 2 :  to make an angle :  turn

Examples of elbow

  1. The actor's bodyguards rudely elbowed everyone out of the way.

  2. Everyone was shoving and elbowing to get a good position.


First Known Use of elbow


Medical Dictionary


noun el·bow \ˈel-ˌbō\

Medical Definition of elbow

  1. 1:  the joint between the human forearm and the upper arm that supports the outer curve of the arm when bent—called also elbow joint

  2. 2:  a joint in the anterior limb of a lower vertebrate corresponding to the elbow

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