can·​kle ˈkaŋ-kəl How to pronounce cankle (audio)
: 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

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Word History


blend of calf and ankle

First Known Use

2001, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cankle was in 2001

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“Cankle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jul. 2024.

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