I. noun 1. the joint connecting the foot with the leg. • Jennie fell downstairs, breaking her ankle.
• [as modifier]
an ankle injury.
2. the narrow part of the leg between the ankle joint and the calf • her slim ankles.
II. verb — [no obj.] 1. [with adverbial of direction] —
• we can ankle off to a new locale.
2. [with obj.] — leave • he ankled the series to do a movie.
3. (usu. as noun ankling) — flex the ankles while cycling in order to increase pedalling efficiency. • changing my pedalling style from toeing to ankling.
III. derivatives ankled adjective
– origin Old English ancleow, of Germanic origin; superseded in Middle English by forms from Old Norse; related to Dutch enkel and German Enkel, from an Indo-European root shared by angle1.