ankle

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English ankel, ancle, ankyl, from Old English *ancol (compare anclēow (ankle) > Modern English anclef, ancliff, ancley), from Proto-Germanic *ankalaz (ankle or hip); akin to Icelandic ökkla, ökli, Danish and Swedish ankel, Dutch enklaauw, enkel, German enkel, Old Norse akka, Old Frisian anckel, and perhaps Old High German encha, ancha (thigh, shin), from the Proto-Germanic *ankijǭ (ankle or hip).

Compare with Sanskrit अङ्ग (aṅga, limb), अङ्गुरि (aṅguri, finger). Compare with haunch and with Greek prefix ἀγκυλο- (ankulo-, joint, crooked, bent).

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Noun[edit]

ankle (plural ankles)

  1. The skeletal joint which connects the foot with the leg; the uppermost portion of the foot and lowermost portion of the leg, which contain this skeletal joint.

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ankle (third-person singular simple present ankles, present participle ankling, simple past and past participle ankled)

  1. (US, slang) To walk.
    • 2009, Thomas Pynchon, Inherent Vice, Vintage 2010, p. 275:
      After a while he got up and ankled his way down the corridor and met Penny coming out of the toilet.
  2. (cycling) To cyclically angle the foot at the ankle while pedaling, to maximize the amount of work applied to the pedal during each revolution.