ankle biter

noun
variants: or ankle-biter
|Updated on: 8 Jul 2018

Definition of ankle biter

informal
1 : 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 : a small, aggressive dog

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First Known Use of ankle biter

1840

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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