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

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Symptoms of mononucleosis include a sore throat, enlarged tonsils, laryngitis, swollen lymph nodes in the neck or armpits, fever, head and body aches. New York Times, "My Daughter Has Mono. Is the Whole Family at Risk?," 29 June 2018 On Instagram, some women are dying their armpit hair in rainbow shades and calling them #UnicornPits. Maya Allen, Marie Claire, ""Unicorn Armpit Hair" Is the Best Beauty Trend of 2019 So Far," 16 Jan. 2019 The trend has trickled down to non-celebs, too: A study from May 2017 reported that nearly 25% of millennials have stopped shaving their armpits. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "Lourdes Leon Showed Off Leg and Armpit Hair at the 2018 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Anniversary Event," 7 Nov. 2018 The ads are all Melodrama purple eyeshadow, red lips, and visible armpit hair, cool gal pals with punchy makeup and an accessible aesthetic. Kaitlyn Tiffany, Vox, "The absurd quest to make the “best” razor," 11 Dec. 2018 Squeezing a lime into your armpit takes care of hangovers in Puerto Rico. Brian P. Kelly, WSJ, "‘Hungover’ Review: There’s Got to Be a Morning After," 9 Nov. 2018 After letting my leg and armpit hair grown out for the past few months, I'm torn. Rachel Nussbaum, Glamour, "Is Anyone Actually Shaving This Summer? An Investigation," 6 Aug. 2018 Bill Elder, a tall skinny boy with big ears and acne, seemed to have a disinclination to shower, or wear deodorant when his underarm hair had begun to grow and his armpits to smell like a nervous adult's. Michael Lindsay-hogg, Town & Country, "Brando in a Blue Blazer," 22 Aug. 2013 So what’s the appeal of a bag that sits right below the armpit? Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "The Hottest Bag of the Late ’90s Is Back," 9 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of armpit

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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armpit

noun

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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