ankle etymology

English word ankle comes from Middle Dutch enkel, Proto-Indo-European *ang-, and later Dutch enkel (Ankle Only, sole. Single Exclusively, only.)

Detailed word origin of ankle

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
enkel Middle Dutch (dum)
*ang- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro) corner, hirn
enkel Dutch (nld) Ankle Only, sole. Single Exclusively, only.
*ankalaz Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) Ankle. Hip.
*ancol Old English (ang)
ancle Middle English (enm) Ankle.
ankle English (eng) The skeletal joint which connects the foot with the leg; the uppermost portion of the foot and lowermost portion of the leg, which contain this skeletal joint. (US, slang) To walk.. (cycling) To cyclically angle the foot at the ankle while pedaling, to maximize the amount of work applied to the pedal during each revolution.

Words with the same origin as ankle

Descendants of *ang-
acute anchor angle cute cutie triangle