From Middle Dutch wrijch (“instep”), ultimately from Proto-Germanic *wrīha(n)-. Most likely influenced by the Dutch verb wrijven (“to rub”). Cognate with Old High German rīho (“knee; back of knee”), from which dialectal German Reihen (“instep”).
- the arched part of the top of the foot between the toes and the ankle; instep
See the etymology of the main entry.