ankle

noun
an·​kle | \ ˈaŋ-kəl How to pronounce ankle (audio) \

Definition of ankle

1 : the joint between the foot and the leg also : the region of this joint
2 : the joint between the cannon bone and pastern (as in the horse)

Examples of ankle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web McDermott only played 10 minutes and didn't return after re-injuring his left ankle. J. Michael, The Indianapolis Star, "Pacers waste chance to extend season-high win streak in loss to L.A. Clippers, Paul George," 14 Apr. 2021 While celebrating a hole-in-one during the Par-3 Contest, Finau took off running toward the green, stepped awkwardly and dislocated his left ankle. Paul Newberry, ajc, "Column: Finau has quite a resume except for glaring omission," 10 Apr. 2021 The incident was eerily similar to what transpired just two weeks ago, when Muhl sprained her left ankle in the first game of the Big East Tournament. Alexa Philippou, courant.com, "Nika Muhl questionable for UConn women’s second-round NCAA Tournament game against Syracuse with sprained ankle," 22 Mar. 2021 Mitchell limped off and trainers checked his left ankle. Eddie Pells, Star Tribune, "Baylor finds its touch, rolls to 79-55 victory over Hartford," 19 Mar. 2021 Mitchell limped off and trainers checked his left ankle. Eddie Pells, Chron, "Baylor finds its touch, rolls to easy victory over Hartford," 19 Mar. 2021 Sarah is battling her own injury as well, a stress fracture in her left ankle and tendonitis. Beth Ann Nichols, The Arizona Republic, "Sarah White personifies 'road warrior' life on golf's Symetra Tour, opening season in Mesa," 18 Mar. 2021 When Spurs center Jakob Poeltl rolled his left ankle for the second time during Monday’s game in Detroit, his first reaction was one of pain. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, "For San Antonio Spurs' shrunken big man corps, a tall task ahead," 17 Mar. 2021 Aaron Gordon saw his first game action since spraining his left ankle on Jan. 31 and finished with nine points and two rebounds in just under 14 minutes. Roy Parry, orlandosentinel.com, "Magic stall in fourth quarter, fall to host Heat," 11 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of ankle

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for ankle

Middle English ancle, ankill, perhaps going back to an unattested Old English outcome of Germanic *ankula- (whence Old Frisian & Middle Dutch ankel "ankle," Old High German anchal) alongside *ankila- (whence 16th-century Dutch enckel "ankle," Middle Low German enkel, Old High German enchil) and *ankilōn-, *ankulōn- (whence Old High German anchla, anchala, anchila "ankle," Old Norse ǫkkla), diminutive of a base seen in *ankjōn- (whence Old High German ancha, anca "limb, nape of the neck," Old Norse ekkja "heel"), of uncertain origin

Note: Middle English ancle is often presumed to have been borrowed from a Scandinavian predecessor (with a preserved nasal consonant) of the Norse etymon attested as ǫkkla in Old Icelandic. Complicating the already complex mixture of forms given above are Middle English anclee, anclowe and their modern dialect descendants such as ancliff, ankley, which go back to Old English anclēow, anclēowe "ankle," cognate with Old Frisian onklef, anklef, Middle Dutch anclau, anclief, Old High German anchlao; these appear to show conflation with the outcomes of Germanic *klawō- "claw" (as Old English clawu, clēa "claw, hoof"; see claw entry 1). Germanic *ankula- is usually further identified with Indo-European *h2eng-(e)lo- (see angle entry 1), though the etymon could equally well be derived within Germanic from the base *ank- seen in Old High German ancha. The latter has been connected with Sanskrit áṅgam "limb, member" and aṅgúliḥ, aṅgúriḥ "finger, toe," which appears to have suffixation similar to Germanic *ankula-.

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“Ankle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ankle. Accessed 21 Apr. 2021.

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ankle

noun

English Language Learners Definition of ankle

: the joint where the foot joins the leg

ankle

noun
an·​kle | \ ˈaŋ-kəl How to pronounce ankle (audio) \

Kids Definition of ankle

1 : the joint between the foot and the leg I broke my ankle.
2 : the area containing the ankle joint

ankle

noun
an·​kle | \ ˈaŋ-kəl How to pronounce ankle (audio) \

Medical Definition of ankle

1a : the joint between the foot and the leg that constitutes in humans a ginglymus joint between the tibia and fibula above and the talus below

called also ankle joint

b : the region of the ankle joint
2 : the joint between the cannon bone and pastern (as in the horse)

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