Origin of ankle
- Middle English ancle, ankel partly from Old English anclēow partly of Scandinavian origin
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English ankel, ancle, ankyl, from Old English *ancol (compare anclēow (“ankle”) > Modern English anclef, ancliff, ancley), from Proto-Germanic *ankalaz (“ankle or hip”); akin to Icelandic ökkla, ökli, Danish and Swedish ankel, Dutch enklaauw, enkel, German enkel, Old Norse akka, Old Frisian anckel, and perhaps Old High German encha, ancha (“thigh, shin”), from the Proto-Germanic *ankijǭ (“ankle or hip”).
- Compare with Sanskrit अङ्ग (aṅga, “limb”), अङ्गुरि (aṅguri, “finger”). Compare with haunch and with Greek prefix ἀγκυλο- (ancylo-, “joint, crooked, bent”).