Definition of ankle in English:


Line breaks: ankle
Pronunciation: /ˈaŋk(ə)l


1The joint connecting the foot with the leg: Jennie fell downstairs, breaking her ankle [as modifier]: an ankle injury
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  • 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.
1.1The narrow part of the leg between the ankle joint and the calf: her slim ankles
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  • 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.


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1 [with adverbial of direction] US informal Walk: we can ankle off to a new locale
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  • 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 [with object] Leave: he ankled the series to do a movie
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  • 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.
2 (usually as noun ankling) Flex the ankles while cycling in order to increase pedalling efficiency: changing my pedalling style from toeing to ankling
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  • 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.


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 angle1.



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  • This article covers the crossed-ankled sitting position.
  • So in one night Zeus shared the bed and love of the neat-ankled daughter of Electyron and fulfilled his desire.
  • Where art thou gone, light-ankled youth?

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