double-jointed

adjective

dou·​ble-joint·​ed ˌdə-bəl-ˈjȯin-təd How to pronounce double-jointed (audio)
: having a joint that permits an exceptional degree of freedom of motion of the parts joined

Word History

First Known Use

circa 1820, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of double-jointed was circa 1820

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Cite this Entry

“Double-jointed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/double-jointed. Accessed 25 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

double-jointed

adjective
dou·​ble-joint·​ed
ˌdəb-əl-ˈjȯint-əd
: having one or more joints that permit the parts joined to be bent freely to unusual angles
a double-jointed finger

Medical Definition

double-jointed

adjective
dou·​ble-joint·​ed ˌdəb-əl-ˈjȯint-əd How to pronounce double-jointed (audio)
: having a joint that permits an exceptional degree of freedom of motion of the parts joined
a double-jointed athlete highly susceptible to injury

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