All Sources -
Updated Media sources (1) About content Print Topic Share Topic
views updated

shank / shangk/ • n. 1. (often shanks) a person's leg, esp. the part from the knee to the ankle: the old man's thin, bony shanks showed through his trousers. ∎  the lower part of an animal's foreleg. ∎  this part of an animal's leg as a cut of meat. 2. the shaft or stem of a tool or implement, in particular: ∎  a long narrow part of a tool connecting the handle to the operational end. ∎  the cylindrical part of a bit by which it is held in a drill. ∎  the long stem of a key, spoon, anchor, etc. ∎  the straight part of a nail or fishhook. 3. a part or appendage by which something is attached to something else, esp. a wire loop attached to the back of a button. ∎  the band of a ring rather than the setting or gemstone. 4. the narrow middle of the sole of a shoe. 5. inf. a dagger made by a prison inmate from available materials. • v. [tr.] Golf strike (the ball) with the heel of the club: I shanked a shot and hit a person on a shoulder. DERIVATIVES: shanked adj. [usu. in comb.] a long-shanked hook.

views updated

shankankh, bank, blank, clank, crank, dank, drank, embank, flank, franc, frank, hank, lank, outflank, outrank, Planck, plank, point-blank, prank, rank, sank, shank, shrank, spank, stank, swank, tank, thank, wank, yank •sandbank • piggy bank • mountebank •fog bank • mudbank • Bundesbank •databank • riverbank • Burbank •greenshank • sheepshank •scrimshank • Cruikshank •think tank • Franck • Eysenck •bethink, blink, brink, chink, cinque, clink, dink, drink, fink, Frink, gink, ink, interlink, jink, kink, link, mink, pink, plink, prink, rink, shrink, sink, skink, slink, stink, sync, think, wink, zinc •rinky-dink • Humperdinck • iceblink •cufflink • bobolink • Maeterlinck •lip-sync • countersink • doublethink •kiddiewink •tiddlywink (US tiddledywink) •hoodwink

views updated

shank shin-bone, tibia OE.; stem, shaft XVI. OE. sċeanca = LG. schanke, Flem. schank :- WGmc. *skankan, rel. to MLG. schenke, Du. schenk leg bone (:- *skankiz), LG., (M)HG. schenkel (:- *skankilaz); the base corr. formally to that of ON. skakkr (:- *skankaz) wry, distorted, lame, and Gr. skázein limp. Phrs. Shanks's mare, pony for ‘the legs as a means of transport’ are orig. Sc. (XVIII), the pl. of the common noun being joc. turned into a surname.

More From

You Might Also Like