wrist

noun
\ ˈrist How to pronounce wrist (audio) \

Definition of wrist

1 : the joint or the region of the joint between the human hand and the arm or a corresponding part on a lower animal
2 : the part of a garment or glove covering the wrist

Examples of wrist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Butler point guard Aaron Thompson, who earlier missed three games with an injured wrist, was sidelined for this one by concussion symptoms. David Woods, Indianapolis Star, "Georgetown rides hot-shooting second half to 73-66 win over Butler," 15 Feb. 2020 To not distract the batter, the card must be dark in color and worn on the inside of the forearm and wrist unless the card is covered with a flap. Eric Olson, Houston Chronicle, "New college baseball wristband rule may thwart sign stealing," 14 Feb. 2020 The nylon/spandex binding at the collar, hem, and wrists keep the warmth in, while the contrasting pocket details give the jacket extra pops of color. Jessica Mordo, Sunset Magazine, "Score Winter Outerwear Half-Off in Patagonia’s Huge President’s Day Sale," 12 Feb. 2020 If the arm is hurt, for example, try the the wrist; or if the ankle is the issue, try the foot. Alisha Mcdarris, Popular Science, "You broke a bone in the middle of nowhere. Now what?," 11 Feb. 2020 In his first game back from the fractured wrist, Sestina starred with a season-high 17 points against Ohio State in late December. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "Why Nate Sestina remains crucial to Kentucky basketball reaching its potential," 7 Feb. 2020 The two sloshed through thickets of short, wrist-thick trees, along muddy trails that Inuma said had been worn down by tapirs (somewhat akin to wild boars). Daniel Grossman, Scientific American, "Peru’s Peatlands Could Greatly Accelerate Global Warming," 5 Feb. 2020 Logitech's innovative trackball mouse features a hinge on its base that allows you to tilt it by 20 degrees, reducing the wrist twisting that causes carpal tunnel syndrome. TheWeek, "5 of the best ergonomic office tools," 2 Feb. 2020 For the past six months, the same Jacquemus micro bag has been strapped to the wrist, ankle, and chest of basically every celebrity/influencer with over 100k followers. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Bella Hadid Wore the Jacquemus It-Bag Every Fashion Influencer is Obsessed With," 21 Jan. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'wrist.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of wrist

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for wrist

Middle English, from Old English; akin to Middle High German rist wrist, ankle, Old English wrǣstan to twist — more at wrest

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about wrist

Time Traveler for wrist

Time Traveler

The first known use of wrist was before the 12th century

See more words from the same century

Statistics for wrist

Last Updated

20 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Wrist.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wrist. Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for wrist

wrist

noun
How to pronounce wrist (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of wrist

: the part of your body where your hand joins your arm

wrist

noun
\ ˈrist How to pronounce wrist (audio) \

Kids Definition of wrist

: the joint or the region of the joint between the hand and arm

wrist

noun
\ ˈrist How to pronounce wrist (audio) \

Medical Definition of wrist

: the joint or the region of the joint between the human hand and the arm or a corresponding part on a lower animal

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on wrist

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with wrist

Spanish Central: Translation of wrist

Nglish: Translation of wrist for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of wrist for Arabic Speakers

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about wrist

Comments on wrist

What made you want to look up wrist? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

See Definitions and Examples »

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

More Confusing Words—Quiz

  • cats on impossible timber
  • The magician ______ moved the selected card to the top of the deck.
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!