ankle biter

noun

variants or ankle-biter
1
informal : a young child
The only topics of conversation among parents are about the ankle biters and their various extracurricular activities … and food allergies.Deborah Hill Cone
2
informal : a small, aggressive dog

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Cut these ankle biters some slack and don’t roll your eyes. Christopher Muther, BostonGlobe.com, 26 June 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1840, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of ankle biter was in 1840

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Cite this Entry

“Ankle biter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ankle%20biter. Accessed 28 Jan. 2023.

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