waist

noun \ ˈwāst \
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

Definition of waist

1 a : the typically narrowed part of the body between the hips and chest or upper back
  • put his arm around her waist
b : the greatly constricted basal part of the abdomen of some insects (such as wasps and flies)
2 : the part of something corresponding to or resembling the human waist: such as
a (1) : the part of a ship's deck between the poop and forecastle
(2) : the middle part of a sailing ship between foremast and mainmast
b : the middle section of the fuselage of an airplane
3 : a garment or the part of a garment covering the body from the neck to the waistline or just below:
a : bodice 1
b : blouse
4 : waistline 1b

waisted

play \ˈwā-stəd\ adjective

Examples of waist in a Sentence

  1. He has a narrow waist and broad shoulders.

  2. He put his arm around her waist.

  3. These pants have an elastic waist.

  4. The waist of this skirt is too tight.

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Origin and Etymology of waist

Middle English wast; probably akin to Old English wæstm growth, weaxan to grow — more at wax

waist Synonyms

Synonyms
middle, midsection, midriff, waistline
Related Words
trunk; abdomen, belly, gut, stomach


WAIST Defined for English Language Learners

waist

noun

Definition of waist for English Language Learners

  • : the middle part of your body between the hips and chest or upper back that is usually narrower than the areas above and below it

  • : the part of a piece of clothing that fits around your waist


WAIST Defined for Kids

waist

noun \ ˈwāst \

Definition of waist for Students

1 : the part of the body between the hips and chest or upper back
2 : the part of a garment that fits around a person's waist

Medical Dictionary

waist

noun \ ˈwāst \

medical Definition of waist

: the typically narrowed part of the body between the thorax and hips


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