ankle biter

variants: or ankle-biter \ ˈaŋ-​kəl-​ˌbī-​tər How to pronounce ankle-biter (audio) \

Definition of 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

Examples of ankle biter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Cut these ankle biters some slack and don’t roll your eyes. Christopher Muther,, "Six ways we can all be more civil and helpful to each other on planes," 26 June 2018

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First Known Use of ankle biter

1840, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Ankle biter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Oct. 2020.

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