Verb ankle Definition and Examples



Definition as verb:

(US, slang) To walk. (cycling) To cyclically angle the foot at the ankle while pedaling, to maximize the amount of work applied to the pedal during each revolution.

More definition:

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.

1. the joint connecting the leg and the foot See talus1

2. the part of the leg just above the foot Word OriginC14, from Old Norse; related to German, Dutch enkel, Latin angulusangle1Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source
Old English ancleow "ankle," from PIE root *ang-/*ank- "to bend" (see angle (n.)). The modern form seems to have been influenced by Old Norse ökkla or Old Frisian ankel, which are immediately from the Proto-Germanic form of the root (cf. Middle High German anke "joint," German Enke "ankle"); the second element in the Old English, Old Norse and Old Frisian forms perhaps suggests claw (cf. Dutch anklaauw), or it may be from influence of cneow "knee," or it may be diminutive suffix -el. Middle English writers distinguished inner ankle projection (hel of the ancle) from the outer (utter or utward).


A sharp pain shot through her ankle and a cry escaped her lips as she dropped back to the ground.

Is your ankle up to a two-step?

The man grabbed her ankle and she kicked him with her other foot.

Katie chose a pair of wool-lined clogs, shower sandals, and waterproof ankle boots.

She made it to the sand before forced to slow to a walk by the ankle-deep, loose sand.

He pulled her close, murmuring into her hair, "Just so you know, I plan to take those ankle socks off with my teeth later."

Ahead of her, Katie stepped off the wooden porch into the ankle high snow and followed the trail Carmen had broken earlier on her trip to light the stove in the dairy.

Was the ankle broken?

His right arm was bandaged with a fracture-snap, his left ankle as well.

The roots around Deidre's left foot snapped free.  Katie shoved it aside before it could change its mind and started on the roots around her right foot.  Deidre moved her foot with a look of pain.  She rubbed her ankle, and Katie cut her arm again.

With a ring in my nose and a ball and chain on my ankle, no doubt.

Her ankle twisted as she landed on a rock, and she fell, yanking free another knife to block the guardsmen's first blow.

Shifting her weight off the injured ankle, she pushed away from him.

Grass brushed the skin above her ankle, tickling her.

They are sometimes buttoned at the ankle, especially in the Meerut district.

The artillery and baggage wagons moved noiselessly through the deep dust that rose to the very hubs of the wheels, and the infantry sank ankle-deep in that soft, choking, hot dust that never cooled even at night.

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