Wrist Definition

rĭst
wrists
noun
wrists
The joint or part of the arm between the hand and the forearm; carpus.
Webster's New World
A similar joint in other vertebrates.
American Heritage Medicine
The corresponding part in an animal.
Webster's New World
The part of a sleeve, glove, etc. that covers the wrist.
Webster's New World
Webster's New World
Synonyms:
wrist jointarticulatio radiocarpearadiocarpal jointcarpus
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verb
To shoot (a puck) by making a wrist shot.
American Heritage
idiom
a slap on the wrist
  • a token punishment that is much less severe than seems called for
Webster's New World

Other Word Forms of Wrist

Noun

Singular:
wrist
Plural:
wrists

Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Wrist

  • a slap on the wrist

Origin of Wrist

  • Old English wrist, from Proto-Germanic *wristiz (compare Low German Wrist, German Rist 'back of hand, instep, withers', Swedish vrist), from *wrīþanan 'to twist, turn'. More at writhe.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English from Old English wer-2 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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