armpit

noun

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

Example Sentences

a city described as the armpit of America
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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of armpit was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Armpit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/armpit. Accessed 9 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

armpit

noun
arm·​pit ˈärm-ˌpit How to pronounce armpit (audio)
: the hollow beneath the spot where the arm and shoulder join

Medical Definition

armpit

noun
arm·​pit ˈärm-ˌpit How to pronounce armpit (audio)
: the hollow beneath the junction of the arm and shoulder : axilla
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