cankle

noun
can·​kle | \ ˈkaŋ-kəl How to pronounce cankle (audio) \

Definition of cankle

informal
: a wide or thick ankle that appears indistinguishable from the lower calf This summer, the popularity of gladiator-style sandals and cropped leggings has only added to the collective cankle anxiety.— Amy Chozick

Examples of cankle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Then skip ahead to episode 3, in which our Bachelor learns that two family friends just died in a plane crash — and season 20 villain Olivia Caridi responds by pulling Ben aside and crying about her cankles. EW.com, "The Bachelor on HBO Max: Your rewatch guide," 27 May 2020 Leandra Medine Cohen’s giddy attitude of nonstop full disclosure (pregnancy cankles, body hair) has earned her profound trust with her site Man Repeller’s 1.9 million followers. Amy Larocca, The Cut, "The Affluencers," 7 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of cankle

2001, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cankle

blend of calf and ankle

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“Cankle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cankle. Accessed 21 Sep. 2020.

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