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)

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Tagovailoa underwent surgery after suffering a high ankle sprain in the SEC championship game. Brian Costa, WSJ, "Alabama Beats Oklahoma, Will Face Clemson for College Football National Title," 30 Dec. 2018 Diagnosed with a high ankle sprain, Robinson missed 58 games. Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons Glenn Robinson III coming for starting forward spot," 14 July 2018 Wagner suffered a left ankle sprain and left knee sprain during a NBA summer league game on Tuesday night against the Knicks. Jenna West,, "Lakers' Moritz Wagner Diagnosed With Left Knee Contusion," 11 July 2018 Despite nursing a right-ankle sprain, Elliott and his Chevrolet Camaro were uncatchable Friday evening during qualifying for Saturday night’s Coke Zero Sugar 400. Edgar Thompson,, "Chase Elliott captures the pole at Coke Zero Sugar 400," 7 July 2018 Monk missed summer league a year ago as a rookie, and several months after that, with an ankle sprain suffered before the draft. Rick Bonnell, charlotteobserver, "'He played so well.' Charlotte Hornets lose Malik Monk again for NBA Summer League.," 7 July 2018 Infielder Tyler Saladino, out since May 30 with a left ankle sprain, was nearing the end of a rehab stint with Class AAA Colorado Springs after moving up from Class A Wisconsin. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brewers 3, Twins 2: Three-game sweep finally allows Brewers to climb 16 games over .500," 4 July 2018 Her growth spurts and ankle sprains are a cause of understandable consternation. Charles Mcnulty,, "Review: Amanda Peet's 'Our Very Own Carlin McCullough': A tennis prodigy learns life's score," 29 June 2018 Orthopedists weigh in on the star quarterback with a high ankle sprain; cardiologists on a political candidate who has a fainting spell. Leonard L. Glass, STAT, "The Goldwater rule is broken. Here’s how to fix it," 28 June 2018

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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 ankel, from Old English anclēow; akin to Old High German anchlāo ankle

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The first known use of ankle was before the 12th century

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English Language Learners Definition of ankle

: the joint where the foot joins the leg


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


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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to speak slightingly about or to degrade

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