\ ˈwāst How to pronounce waist (audio) \

Definition of waist

1a : 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:
b : blouse

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waisted \ ˈwā-​stəd How to pronounce waisted (audio) \ 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.
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His Columbine shirt barely fit, barely reached his waist. Sean Keeler, The Denver Post, "How Columbine’s Andrew Gentry became one of the top OL prospects in Colorado history," 28 Aug. 2019 Of the cosmetic procedures out there, cheek fillers haven't reached ubiquity like lip injections, waist-cinching tummy tucks, or Brazilian butt lifts. Harper's BAZAAR, "What Are Cheek Fillers? Experts Explain," 22 Aug. 2019 Kevin Bacon: Wild Things Kevin Bacon's iconic nude scene in Wild Things involves him stepping out of the shower and wrapping a towel around his waist. Mehera Bonner, Marie Claire, "Embrace the Female Gaze: 18 Times Male Actors Did Full-Frontal on Screen," 21 Aug. 2019 That’s how long Stipe Miocic waited for a chance to get the UFC Heavyweight Championship back around his waist. Troy L. Smith, cleveland.com, "Stipe Miocic TKO’s Daniel Cormier at UFC 241, regains UFC title," 18 Aug. 2019 One bullet apparently hit an officer’s gun holster at his waist and cracked it, according to the complaint. Sophie Carson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee police release body camera video of shootout between officers, Milwaukee man," 23 July 2019 Brown mimics his previous shooting form, starting his shooting motion with the ball to the left of his waist. Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press, "Bruce Brown's jumper among 4 takeaways from Pistons at summer league," 13 July 2019 Her long, wavy blond hair went almost to her waist. Gena Steffens, Smithsonian, "The Snakes That Ate Florida," 11 July 2019 Next, add a red scarf around her waist and a few inexpensive accessories. Rebekah Lowin, Country Living, "How to Make a DIY Moana Halloween Costume," 9 July 2019

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First Known Use of waist

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for waist

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

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English Language Learners Definition of waist

: 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


\ ˈwāst How to pronounce waist (audio) \

Kids Definition of waist

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


\ ˈwāst How to pronounce waist (audio) \

Medical Definition of waist

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

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