• noun the part of the body where the foot is connected to the leg


  • noun an attractive female or females. This use of the word appears to predate its popularity among black youths and on campus since the late 1990s. The provenance is unclear and it may be a jocular reference to the archaic phrase ‘a well-turned ankle’ as a Victorian notion of beauty.
  • verb to walk, stroll, saunter. A raffish expression heard in the USA and occasionally in Britain since the 1980s.


  • noun the joint that connects the foot to the leg

Origin & History of “ankle”

Ankle comes from a probable Old Norse word *ankula. It has several relatives in other Germanic languages (German and Dutch enkel, for instance, and Swedish and Danish ankel) and can be traced back to an Indo-European base *angg- ‘bent’ (ultimate source also of anchor and angle). before the Old Norse form spread through the language, English had its own native version of the word: anclēow. this survived until the 15th century in mainstream English, and for much longer in local dialects.