Definition of waist
1a : the typically narrowed part of the body between the hips and chest or upper back put his arm around her waistb : the greatly constricted basal part of the abdomen of some insects (as wasps and flies)
2 : the part of something corresponding to or resembling the human waist: such asa (1) : the part of a ship's deck between the poop and forecastle (2) : the middle part of a sailing ship between foremast and mainmastb : the middle section of the fuselage of an airplane
4 : waistline 1b
waistedplay \ˈwā-stəd\ adjective
Examples of waist in a sentence
He has a narrow waist and broad shoulders.
He put his arm around her waist.
These pants have an elastic waist.
The waist of this skirt is too tight.
Origin and Etymology of waist
Middle English wast; probably akin to Old English wæstm growth, weaxan to grow — more at wax
First Known Use: 14th century
WAIST Defined for English Language Learners
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
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 Definition of waist
: the typically narrowed part of the body between the thorax and hips
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