- The shank is the part of the leg between the knee and ankle or the equivalent in animals.
An example of a shank is a leg of lamb.
- Shank is defined as to decay and fall off, or to poorly hit a golf ball by hitting it with the club heel, or to hit or kick a soccer ball in an unintended direction.
- An example of shank is for a fruit to rot and fall off the tree.
- An example of shank is to kick a soccer ball into the net of one's own team.
shank definition by Webster's New World
- the lower part of the leg; part between the knee and ankle in humans or a part like this in animals
- the whole leg
- a cut of meat from the leg of an animal
- a straight, narrow part between other parts, as
- the part of a tool or instrument between the handle and the working part; shaft
- the part of a tobacco pipe between the bowl and the stem
- the part of an anchor between the crown and the ring
- the narrow part of a shoe sole in front of the heel and beneath the instep
- a projection or wire loop on some buttons by which they are sewn to fabric
- the whole of a piece of type exclusive of the printing surface; body
- Bot. footstalk
Origin: Middle English shanke ; from Old English scanca, akin to German schenkel, thigh ; from Indo-European base an unverified form (s)keng-, to limp from source Classical Greek skazein, German hinken
- Golf to hit (the ball) poorly by striking it with the heel of the club
- Sports to hit or kick in an unintended direction
shank definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- a. The part of the human leg between the knee and ankle.b. A corresponding part in other vertebrates.
- a. The whole leg of a human.b. A leg or leglike part.
- A cut of meat from the leg of a steer, calf, sheep, or lamb.
- The long narrow part of a nail or pin.
- A stem, stalk, or similar part.
- Nautical The stem of an anchor.
- The long shaft of a fishhook.
- The part of a tobacco pipe between the bowl and stem.
- The shaft of a key.
- The narrow section of the handle of a spoon.
- Printing The section of a body of type between the shoulder and the foot.
- a. The narrow part of the sole of a shoe under the instep.b. A piece of material, such as metal, that is used to reinforce or shape this part of a shoe.
- A projection, such as a ring, on the back of a button by which it is sewn to cloth.
- a. See tang1.b. The part of a tool, such as a drill, that connects the functioning head to the handle.
- a. The latter or remaining part, especially of a period of time.b. The early or primary part of a period of time: the shank of the evening.
Origin: Middle English shanke, from Old English sceanca.
- shanked adjective
shank - Medical Definition
shank - Phrases/Idioms
ride on shank's mareor go on shank's mare
shank of the evening
- Obsolete the latter part of the afternoon
- now, the early part of the evening