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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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,, "1 dead, at least 14 hurt in overnight violence including 3 teenage boys," 10 Aug. 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 After designer Alexander McQueen committed suicide in London in 2010, people sought out Mr. McQueen’s designs, from his most recent collection in stores to early work, often purchased in private sales, that had armpit stains and tears from use. Christina Binkley, WSJ, "Why Kate Spade Sales Surged After the Designer’s Death," 8 June 2018 The deer is picked up by the armpits by a deputy and set on the grass. William Axford, Houston Chronicle, "Video: Walden man saves deer from drowning," 7 May 2018 According to the Omaha World-Herald, Dion, who was wearing a bulletproof vest, was struck under the armpit by a police bullet during the shooting. Tyler Mccarthy, Fox News, "Video showing deadly shooting of 'Cops' crewman at Omaha Wendy's released by judge," 25 Apr. 2018 Four of the bullets hit Clark in the back, two of them hit him in the neck, and the final two hit him in the leg and under the armpit. Adam K. Raymond, Daily Intelligencer, "Stephon Clark Was Shot 6 Times in the Back, Independent Doctor Says," 30 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of armpit

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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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


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


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Medical Definition of armpit

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

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