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 Turner, however, has struggled since returning Nov. 16 from a right ankle sprain. J. Michael, Indianapolis Star, "Insider: Judge Myles Turner by what he does (or doesn't) do on the floor, not social media," 1 Dec. 2019 The Miami Dolphins are placing return specialist Jakeem Grant on injured reserve because of the high ankle sprain to his right leg the speedy receiver suffered in last week’s 41-24 loss to the Cleveland Browns. Omar Kelly,, "Dolphins return specialist Jakeem Grant headed to injured reserve," 27 Nov. 2019 Jonathan Isaac returned after missing two games with his own right ankle sprain to finish with 16 points to surpass 1,000 for his career. Roy Parry,, "Magic fall to Raptors after Nikola Vucevic, Aaron Gordon suffer ankle injuries," 20 Nov. 2019 Williams immediately indefinitely suspended Starks, who already was sitting out the first part of the season with an ankle sprain. Brent Zwerneman, Houston Chronicle, "Texas A&M gets crushed by Gonzaga," 16 Nov. 2019 But blocking on the kickoff-return team in the opening seconds of the 2018 campaign, Sims suffered a high ankle sprain. Mark Inabinett |, al, "Cam Sims rejoins Washington Redskins’ active roster for Sunday’s game," 16 Nov. 2019 The junior needed surgery four weeks ago for a high ankle sprain on his right leg., "Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa injures hip, out for rest of season," 16 Nov. 2019 And that's all on top of suffering an ankle sprain that forced him to miss some playing time. Ben Morse, CNN, "LeBron James and Trae Young set the NBA alight," 7 Nov. 2019 Part of it has been that McFarland hasn’t been healthy for much of the season, and has tried to play through an ankle sprain suffered in the third game at Temple. Don Markus,, "Three takeaways from Maryland football’s 38-7 loss to No. 14 Michigan," 4 Nov. 2019

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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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8 Dec 2019

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“Ankle.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 12 December 2019.

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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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