Meaning of ankle in English:


Pronunciation /ˈaŋkl/

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  • 1The joint connecting the foot with the leg.

    ‘Jennie fell downstairs, breaking her ankle’
    • ‘an ankle injury’
    • ‘Lateral ligament injuries to the ankle joint are common among athletes.’
    • ‘These two bones together link the leg to the foot at the ankle joint, although it is the tibia which carries all the weight.’
    • ‘She leapt to her feet and immediately had to jump to avoid a swipe of her master's pole that would have broken both her ankles had it connected.’
    • ‘During this interval there is rapid plantar flexion of the ankle joint due to concentric contraction of the triceps surae muscle.’
    • ‘The company doctor tells him that he'll be laid up for months with a severe ankle and foot injury.’
    • ‘The load fell on the young worker's legs causing serious injury to the right ankle and left foot.’
    • ‘How accurate are the Ottawa rules for ankle and foot injuries?’
    • ‘I'd been walking on the bad ankle a lot tonight, and it was definitely letting me know.’
    • ‘The protective high top slows down ankles as it prevents them from getting re-injured.’
    • ‘He happens to have a sprained ankle - wrapped in a brace - that won't heal because he won't stop riding.’
    • ‘On Sunday I saw that he had all the same symptoms as Vicky had - swollen ankles, sickness and pains in his abdomen.’
    • ‘He played as long as he could despite two sprained ankles that got worse with every game.’
    • ‘She didn't even bother looking at him. Her ankle still throbbed from her previous fall and her favourite dress was now in tatters.’
    • ‘I had a sprained ankle at the time and couldn't run.’
    • ‘She winced as the cuts, bruises and sprained ankle she had got as a parting gift from her former employer complained loudly.’
    • ‘Wrist, arm or ankle fractures account for 50 percent of injuries.’
    • ‘The knee, ankle, spine, leg, and groin were the most common injury locations.’
    • ‘Fortunately, the disease only affects my left side - hip, knee and ankle.’
    • ‘Brady suffered a traumatic brain injury and injuries to her left shoulder, left arm, back, neck, knee, ankle, pelvis and ribs.’
    • ‘Gil had a sprained ankle, and Wooten underwent surgery on his right thumb in March.’
    1. 1.1The narrow part of the leg between the ankle joint and the calf.
      ‘her slim ankles’
      • ‘Your front thigh should be parallel to the floor and your calf straight above your ankle; your back leg should be almost to the floor.’
      • ‘The pump fills the sleeves with air and gently squeezes the leg, squeezing from ankle to calf to thigh.’
      • ‘He stood between her legs and casually played with her feet and calves, holding her ankles, running his fingertips up the backs of her legs.’
      • ‘The bank sloped gradually and the water tickled her ankles, calves, thighs, and then waist with its warm tongue.’
      • ‘Today the Sun touches me everywhere, ankles, calves, thighs, arms; and striking through my hair warms me more than if I wore a linen shift and wool gown.’
      • ‘He removed her shoes and socks, running his hands over the warm skin on her ankles and calves.’
      • ‘They tattoo their hands, arms, calves, ankles and I even saw one girl with a tattoo on her neck.’
      • ‘He concentrated only on the image of cool fresh water, rising through his narrow ankles and lapping inside his shins.’
      • ‘I started cutting not only my upper left arm, I started cutting my wrists, stomach, thighs, ankles and neck.’
      • ‘Ilse tried not to concentrate on that, but try as she might, the delicate wrists and ankles, shapely calves and round arms spoke to her.’
      • ‘I stood in the center of the room, up to my ankles in cool ferns.’
      • ‘I was in the swamp… the very swamp that I had seen in the book… and I was up to my ankles in mud.’
      • ‘Meanwhile, people visiting the South Bank on a rainy day sink up to their ankles in puddles and steam through an indistinct symphony.’
      • ‘Thick leather straps went around ankles, and thighs, holding her legs tight to the stone, forcing them WIDE apart.’
      • ‘Mid calf or longer skirts even to ankle was the norm.’
      • ‘If you don't like a normal, strong side hip carry, then try something like a shoulder rig, ankle or pocket holster.’
      • ‘He has his diamonds and ankle weights on and he's going for a jog.’
      • ‘He adds that he is handcuffed, shackled, and chained at the waist, which has rubbed his wrists and ankles raw.’
      • ‘They all want to be the first to have a full body suit: that is, to be covered from neck to ankle in tattoos.’
      • ‘Even the prospect of getting my trousers soaked in freezing rain from mid thigh to ankle doesn't put me off.’


[no object]
  • 1US informal with adverbial of direction Walk.

    • ‘we can ankle off to a new locale’
    • ‘Being sensible people, we ankled in and got a table.’
    • ‘We both ankled out of the theatre once Udo Kier was up there making love.’
    1. 1.1with object Leave.
      ‘he ankled the series to do a movie’
      • ‘John Willis has ankled his post as Granada Medias managing director for worldwide production.’
      • ‘Fox Broadcasting marketing chief Roberta Mell has ankled her post.’
      • ‘Kirk Douglas had originally been cast as Trautman, but he ankled the project when the producers refused to cave in to Douglas' demand that Trautman kill Rambo in the finale.’
  • 2Flex the ankles while cycling in order to increase pedalling efficiency.

    ‘at higher cadences, the feet tend to flap when you are attempting to ankle’
    • ‘Can someone please help me to understand "ankling" and whether it is a desirable way to pedal, i.e. does ankling provide a more "rounded" pedal stroke?’
    • ‘A method of pedaling known as 'ankling', or Anquetil's method, was popular in the 1960's and was thought to be the solution to cycling efficiency.’
    • ‘Ankling is an effective pedaling technique on level roads and slopes when riding at an average speed of around 20 km/h.’
    • ‘Achilles tendon problems often result from "ankling" during the pedal stroke.’


Old English ancleow, of Germanic origin; superseded in Middle English by forms from Old Norse; related to Dutch enkel and German Enkel, from an Indo-European root shared by angle.