ankle

[14] Ankle comes from a probable Old Norse word *ankula. It has several relatives in other Germanic languages (German and Dutch enkel, for instance, and Swedish and Danish ankel) and can be traced back to an Indo- European base *angg- ‘bent’ (ultimate source also of anchor and angle). Before the Old Norse form spread through the language, English had its own native version of the word: anclēow. This survived until the 15th century in mainstream English, and for much longer in local dialects. => ANCHOR, ANGLE

The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins. 2013.

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  • Ankle — Lateral view of the human ankle Latin articulatio talocruralis Gray s …   Wikipedia

  • ankle — (n.) O.E. ancleow ankle, from PIE root *ang /*ank to bend (see ANGLE (Cf. angle) (n.)). The modern form seems to have been influenced by O.N. ökkla or O.Fris. ankel, which are immediately from the Proto Germanic form of the root (Cf. M.H.G. anke… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Ankle — An kle ([a^][ng] k l), n. [OE. ancle, anclow, AS. ancleow; akin to Icel. [ o]kkla, [ o]kli, Dan. and Sw. ankel, D. enklaauw, enkel, G. enkel, and perh. OHG. encha, ancha thigh, shin: cf. Skr. anga limb, anguri finger. Cf. {Haunch}.] The joint… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ankle — [n] joint between leg and foot anklebone, astragalus, bone, talus, tarsus; concepts 392,418 …   New thesaurus

  • ankle — ► NOUN 1) the joint connecting the foot with the leg. 2) the narrow part of the leg between this and the calf. ORIGIN Old English …   English terms dictionary

  • ankle — [aŋ′kəl] n. [ME ancle, ancleou < OE ancleow (& ? ON ǫkkla) < IE base * ang , limb, var. of * ank , to bend > ANGLE1, ANGLE2, Gr ankōn, elbow, ankylos, crooked] 1. the joint that connects the foot and the leg 2. the area of the leg… …   English World dictionary

  • Ankle — The ankle joint is complex. It is made up of two joints: the true ankle joint and the subtalar joint: The true ankle joint is composed of 3 bones: the tibia which forms the medial (inside) portion of the ankle; the fibula which forms the lateral… …   Medical dictionary

  • ankle — /ang keuhl/, n. 1. (in humans) the joint between the foot and the leg, in which movement occurs in two planes. 2. the corresponding joint in a quadruped or bird; hock. 3. the slender part of the leg above the foot. [bef. 1000; ME ankel, enkel (c …   Universalium

  • ankle — n. 1) to sprain, turn, twist one s ankle 2) a well turned ( shapely ) ankle 3) (misc.) ankle deep in mud * * * [ æŋk(ə)l] turn twist one s ankle (misc.) ankle deep in mud a well turned ( shapely ) ankle to sprain …   Combinatory dictionary

  • ankle — 1. n. an attractive woman or girl. (Typically with some.) □ Now, there’s some ankle I’ve never seen around here before. □ Do you get ankle like that around here all the time? 2. in. to walk [somewhere]. □ I have to ankle down to th …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • ankle */*/ — UK [ˈæŋk(ə)l] / US noun [countable] Word forms ankle : singular ankle plural ankles the part at the bottom of your leg where your foot joins your leg I fell and twisted my ankle. ankle socks/boots (= that come up to your ankle) …   English dictionary

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