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elbow

noun el·bow \ ˈel-ˌbō \

Definition of elbow

1 a :the joint of the human arm
b :a corresponding joint in the anterior limb of a lower vertebrate
2 :something (such as macaroni or an angular pipe fitting) resembling an elbow
at one's elbow
:at one's side
out at elbows or out at the elbows
1 :shabbily dressed
2 :short of funds

Examples of elbow in a Sentence

  1. He wore a tattered coat with holes in the elbows.

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Origin and Etymology of elbow

Middle English elbowe, from Old English elboga, from el- (akin to eln ell) + Old English boga bow — more at ell, bow


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elbow

verb

Definition of elbow

transitive verb
1 a :to push with the elbow :jostle
b :to shove aside by pushing with or as if with the elbow
  • people elbowed each other to get a better view
2 :to force (one's way) by pushing with or as if with the elbow
  • elbowing our way through the crowd
intransitive verb
1 :to advance by pushing with the elbow
2 :to make an angle :turn

Examples of elbow in a Sentence

  1. The actor's bodyguards rudely elbowed everyone out of the way.

  2. Everyone was shoving and elbowing to get a good position.

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First Known Use of elbow

1605

elbow Synonyms

Synonyms
bore, bull, bulldoze, crash, 2press, jam, jostle, muscle, push, shoulder, squeeze
Related Words
ram, shove, thrust


ELBOW Defined for English Language Learners

elbow

noun

Definition of elbow for English Language Learners

  • : the joint where your arm bends

  • : the part of a piece of clothing that covers the elbow

  • : something (such as a pipe or a piece of food) that is bent like an elbow


elbow

verb

Definition of elbow for English Language Learners

  • : to push or shove (someone) with your elbow


ELBOW Defined for Kids

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elbow

noun el·bow \ ˈel-ˌbō \

Definition of elbow for Students

1 :the joint or the region of the joint of the arm or of the same part of an animal's front legs
2 :a part (as of a pipe) bent like an elbow

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elbow

verb

Definition of elbow for Students

elbowed; elbowing
1 :to jab with an elbow
2 :to push or force a way with or as if with the elbows
  • He elbowed his way past Officer Delinko …
  • —Carl Hiaasen, Hoot

Medical Dictionary

elbow

noun el·bow \ ˈel-ˌbō \

medical Definition of elbow

1 :the joint between the human forearm and the upper arm that supports the outer curve of the arm when bent called also elbow joint
2 :a joint in the anterior limb of a lower vertebrate corresponding to the elbow


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