armpit

noun
arm·​pit | \ ˈärm-ˌpit How to pronounce armpit (audio) \

Definition of armpit

1 : the hollow beneath the junction of the arm and shoulder
2 : the least desirable place : pit 77th Street Station … was the armpit of detective duty— Joseph Wambaugh

Examples of armpit in a Sentence

a city described as the armpit of America
Recent Examples on the Web All my armpit hair is growing back in, and it’s allowed me to be in full Serafina wildness. Chloe Schama, Vogue, "For Her Latest Role, Marisa Tomei Embraced Her Raw Side—Armpit Hair and All," 27 Sep. 2019 That could be a cold shower, a dip in the pool, or ice on your head, armpits, and groin (where there are more blood vessels close to the surface of the skin). Michele Cohen Marill, WIRED, "How Extreme Heat Overwhelms Your Body and Becomes Deadly," 3 July 2019 The kitchen table, the beloved, a hairy armpit: all loom larger than the Art Deco landmark. Christopher Alessandrini, The New York Review of Books, "‘Boys Do It Better’: The Paintings of Louis Fratino," 18 May 2019 The Plume Labs Flow is a portable air quality sensor that monitors airborne chemical levels and particulate matter both indoors and out, which is really interesting to see how living in an armpit of poor outdoor air pollution impacts the inside air. Jennifer Jolly, USA TODAY, "Air pollution inside my house could kill me. What are you breathing in at your home?," 15 Sep. 2019 Police said a 19-year-old man was standing on the sidewalk with a group of males when two people opened fire, striking him in the right armpit. Deanese Williams-harris, chicagotribune.com, "1 dead, at least 14 hurt in overnight violence including 3 teenage boys," 10 Aug. 2019 Lengthen through your fingertips, press your hands flat, and allow your armpits to sink lower, while keeping your hips high. Hayden Carpenter, Outside Online, "12 Yoga Poses for Climbers to Do Daily," 9 Aug. 2019 One of the suspects walked over and stabbed the victim on the left side by his armpit twice, Tansey said. Deborah Sullivan Brennan, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Man stabbed at Adams Avenue on Fourth of July," 4 July 2019 Officers responded to a call of shots fired and found a 31-year-old with wounds to the left wrist and the left armpit. Deanese Williams-harris, chicagotribune.com, "1 dead, at least 14 hurt in overnight violence including 3 teenage boys," 10 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of armpit

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Armpit.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/armpit. Accessed 7 December 2019.

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armpit

noun
How to pronounce armpit (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of armpit

: the hollow area on a person's body beneath the place where the arm and the shoulder meet
US, informal : the worst area in a place

armpit

noun
arm·​pit | \ ˈärm-ˌpit How to pronounce armpit (audio) \

Kids Definition of armpit

: the hollow under a person's arm where the arm joins the shoulder

armpit

noun
arm·​pit | \ ˈärm-ˌpit How to pronounce armpit (audio) \

Medical Definition of armpit

: the hollow beneath the junction of the arm and shoulder : axilla

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